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In This Issue 

Mary Baldwin College— 
A Historical Sketch 

by Dr. Thomas H. Grafton 

Dr. Virginia L. Lester 
Elected Seventh President 
of Mary Baldwin College 

Wenger Hall Formally 
Dedicated During 
Alumnae Weekend 

The Computer and the 
Liberal Arts College 

by Robert ]. Weiss 

Mary Baldwin's Chief 
Plans a New Mission 

by Margie Fisher 

New Dimensions News 



17 News Digest 

19 News of the Faculty 

20 Between Ham and Jam 

21 News from the Classes 

VOLUME XXIV, NUMBER 4 September, 1976 

Issued six times a year: March, July, August, September, 
October and November by Mary Baldwin College, Box 2445, 
Staunton, Virginia 24401. Second-class postage paid at 
Staunton, Virginia and at additional mailing offices. 

Editor: Janet M. Ferguson 

Assistant Editor: Mary B Carter 

Photographers: (unknown for photographs not credited) 

Marco Kent; cover, p. 7 

Ed Thorsett: p. 2, 29 

Dan H. Grogan: p. 8, 9, 20, 21, 27 

Robert J. Weiss; p. 10, 11,12 

Robert Llewellyn: p. 14 

Mark Miller (Courtesy of The Statiiiton Leader), p. 27 



Mary Baldwin College— A Historical Sketch 

by Dr. Thomas H. Grafton, Professor Emeritus of Sociology 



The growth of Mary Baldwin into a college of 
national reputation and patronage is the more 
remarkable for the fact that during the first eighty 
years it received no donations more considerable than 
an early one of $1,500 and this conditioned upon the 
school's providing free tuition in perpetuity for three 
indigent girls. It did not even own any real estate for 
27 years and its first charter set an upper limit of 
$30,000 to the material assets it might possibly, but 
did not in fact, possess. 

In 1842, the Rev. Rufus W. Bailey, a Presbyterian 
minister with a crusader's zeal for the higher 
education of women, who had already founded and 
operated two or three female seminaries in both North 
and South, came to Staunton and shared his dream 
with a number of local citizens. With their backing he 
opened a school in the upstairs of an old frame 
building with himself, wife and two daughters doing 
the teaching. By the second year the Bailey's had 60 
students, most of them in the upper academic level 
courses but some in the elementary grades. In 1844 
the First Presbyterian Church agreed to permit the 
Augusta Female Seminary, as it was known in those 
days, to erect a building on a vacant lot adjoining its 
edifice, which was done the same year although it 
was nearly three decades later that the church got 
around to deeding the property to the Seminary. To 
defray the costs of building and furnishing what 
continues to be the Administration Building, minus 
the wings which came later, 79 individuals sub- 
scribed a total of $2,046, three of them furnishing 
plank and foodstuffs in lieu of cash. No subscription 
exceeded $100. 



Women Assume Leadership 

For the first fifteen years the Seminary operated as a 
day school with students from a distance being 
boarded under the school's supervision in "respect- 
able and pleasant families." The Baileys left in 1849 
and the school's very existence hung for a while in the 
balance. In 1857 it took a new lease on life under 
Principal Jofui B. Tinsley who induced six trustees to 
advance $500 for the addition of the wings to the 
edifice which would provide living quarters for the 
Principal's family and 15 or 20 boarders. Within a 
few years, however, war had come to the Valley and 
by the Spring of 1863 refugees had crowded the 
students and their teachers out of their building. 

In desperation the Board induced 34-year-old Mary 
Julia Baldwin and her older friend. Miss Agnes 



McClung, to take over the school. They moved in only 
months after Gettysburg, cleared the building and 
replenished it with equipment begged and borrowed 
from friends in the community. The two women were 
able to assemble 22 boarders and 58 day students 
during this the third year of the War and held on 
through skyrocketing inflation and the death of the 
Confederacy. 

Miss Baldwin invested her inheritance of $4,000 in 
the Seminary. It was operated under the proprietary 
plan whereby two-thirds of the proceeds went to Miss 
Baldwin and one-third to Miss McClung who had 
taken over the housekeeping functions. It could 
hardly be said that Miss Baldwin ovmed the Seminary, 
but she did own most of its assets and there was no 
question about her complete control over the manage- 
ment of the institution. Her outstanding program 
attracted students from distant states and her careful 
management issued in surpluses which were invested 
in the expansion of plant eind equipment. In a few 
years she had purchased the "Thompson" property 
to the top of the HilJ behind the original building and 
erected Brick House, later enlarged and named after 
Miss McClung, on New Street. In 1871 Sky High was 
erected with its back to Market Street, and the 
following year the Seminary acquired the sanctuary of 
the First Presbyterian Church which was renovated to 
provide an assembly hall on the top floor with 
dormitory space and dining room and kitchen on 
lower floors. With the Thompson property was also 
conveyed the beautiful old residence which has 
served as a dormitory under the name of Hill Top. 

The Seminary's growth without help from outsiders 
was a monument not only to Miss Baldwin's 
business sense but to the ascetic life style required of 



About the author. . . 

Dr. Thomas H. Grafton, professor emeritus of sociology, 
taught at Mary Baldwin for 38 years and retired from 
teaching in 1971. 

Bom in China, the son of Presbyterian missionaries, Dr. 
Grafton received a B.A. from Presbyterian College and a 
B.D. from Columbia Tlxeological Seminary. He earned his 
M.A. and Ph.D. from Northwestern University and did 
additional study at the University of North Carolina, the 
University of Chicago, the Richmond School of Social 
Work, and the Garrett Biblical Institute. 

In addition to his teaching career at Mary Baldwin, he 
served as minister of Finley Memorial Presbyterian 
Church for 27 years. He is currently the minister of 
Fairfield Presbyterian Church in Fairfield, Va. 



Mary Baldwin College— A Historical Sketch 




Dr. Thomas H. Grafton 



dedicated teachers whose zeal was undimmed by the 
necessarily meager compensation. It was the ambition 
of the Principal to give her advanced pupils as good 
an education as men were receiving in the colleges of 
that day and her "University Course" which 
Professor McGuffey helped her plan taxed the ability 
of her most mature girls. 

Upon Miss Baldwin's death in 1897 the Trustees 
came into possession of all of her real and other 
property with which the Seminary had been operating. 
This included property left in trust with Miss Baldwin 
by Miss McClung who had predeceased her. The 
Mary Baldwin College of today has grovm out of the 
work and legacies of these two women. In 1895 the 
Board gave recognition to Miss Baldwin's achievements 
by renaming the institution Mary Baldwin Seminary 
and to this day Founders' Day is celebrated each year 
on Miss Baldwin's birthday. 

Seminary Achieves College Status 

The Seminary continued to grow under Miss Ella 
Weimar and William Wayt King, Business Manager 
and Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds. New 
buildings went up as older ones were enlarged. 
Memorial Hall was built to the west of Hill Top. The 
Academic Building, providing space for most of the 
classes, and also for the entire library until 1968, went 
up in 1907 at a cost of $35,782. From an enrollment 
of 75 boarders in 1897, the number had reached 
200 a decade later, with day students bringing the 
total to 328. 

The Seminary was given Junior College standing in 
1916 and by a new charter in 1923 constituted both a 
college and a seminary within the "Mary Baldwin 
System." Control of the College in the latter year 
passed to the Presbyterian Synod of Virginia upon 
the promise of that body to raise half a million 
dollars for a new campus to house the College. The 
Synod, however, was able to raise neither the money 
nor an annual allocation equivalent to the interest on 
the amount pledged. After fifteen years, in 1938, the 
charter was changed, returning control to a self- 
perpetuating Board which is still linked to the Synod 
through the designation of a minority of its members 
as Synodical Trustees. 

The dual system of Seminary and College endured 
for only six years. During this time the Rev. A. M. 
Fraser, minister of the First Presbyterian Church 
served under the title of President with Miss Marianna 
Higgins as Dean. The State requirement of a bacca- 







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The Augusta Female Seminary during the mid-nineteenth 
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laureate degree for all high school teachers precipitated 
a crisis in 1929 which was resolved by discontinuing 
the preparatory department and concentrating on 
accreditation for a standard four-year college. To 
succeed Dr. Fraser, now retiring by reason of age, the 
Board called Dr. L. Wilson Jarman as the new 
President. Under his vigorous leadership the College 
made rapid strides, being admitted to the Southern 
Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools in 
1931, and becoming a member of various national 
professional and accrediting organizations in 
subsequent years. More recently, the College in 1971, 
was granted a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, a distinction 
limited to approximately 200 American colleges and 
universities and in March, 1976, became the first 
woman's college in the nation to be granted a chapter 
of Omicron Delta Kappa, a national leadership society. 

The chief addition to the campus facilities during 
the sixteen years of the Jarman era was the William 
Wayt King Gymnasium which also serves as an 
auditorium with a seating capacity of 1000. Also 
acquired were residences across New and Market 
Streets which were converted to academic use. Under 
Dr. Jarman's successor. Dr. Frank B. Lewis, the 
Student Activities Building, now knowm as Wenger 
Hall and substantially enlarged in 1976, arose to the 
east of Hill Top. About the same time the College 



'Discipline was notoriously strict 
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purchased the old building of the King's Daughters' 
Hospital which was renovated during the incumbency 
of the next President, Mr. Charles W. McKenzie, and 
made into a dormitory bearing the name of Bailey 
Hall. As part of the deal, Mary Baldwin gave title to 
the Hospital of its ".farm" on Augusta Street. 
Subsequently it disposed of its old athletic field which 
adjoined the farm and upon this property now stand 
the Social Security building, the new Staunton Post 
Office, and the Medical Center. 

To compensate for the loss of the athletic field, the 
College has constructed all-weather tennis courts at 
the top of its hill where it hosts each year the Malta 
Tennis Tournament with entries from colleges and 
universities aU over the South and East. Mary Baldwin 
has demonstrated its excellence in this sport by 
capturing 5 singles titles and 4 doubles championships 
in Malta tournaments since 1961. 



Campus Facilities Expanded 

A major expansion of the campus was projected 
under the leadership of President Samuel R. Spencer, 
Jr., who became president in 1957. Helped by Federal 
grants and loans, the College established key 
structures on land extending all the way to Coalter 



Street: Hunt Dining Hall, Woodson and Spencer 
Dormitories, and the Martha Stackhouse Grafton 
Library. Dr. Spencer is recognized as the architect of 
the new Mary Baldwin, with enrollment more than 
doubling during his eleven years along with 
expanded curriculum opportunities and innovative 
programs for women. 

During the administration of Dr. William W. Kelly, 
Dr. Spencer's successor, two major building programs 
were completed: the Jesse Cleveland Pearce Science 
Center and the Wenger Hall Student Center which 
provides new social facilities for the students, offices 
for the student government and publications and the 
college book store. Under Dr. Kelly's leadership, the 
college launched the New Dimensions Capital 
Campaign to raise $7.6 million over a five-year period; 
the curriculum of the college underwent change with 
renewed emphasis on the education of women; the 
January extemships program was introduced and a 
part-time degree program especially for adults whose 
education was interrupted was initiated. Recently 
named to succeed Dr. Kelly and become the seventh 
president of Mary Baldwin College is Dr. Virginia 
Laudano Lester who comes to Staunton from the 
State-Wide Division of Empire State College of the 
State University of New York. 

Other measures besides those cited may be given 
to show Mary Baldwin's material progress. The 
College has acquired a beautiful President's home 
several blocks from the campus, and also a number of 
residences adjoining the campus which may provide 
sites for future facilities when needed. The library 
today contains 123,500 "items" as compared with 
3300 at the end of the last century, and subscribes to 
682 periodicals. The Endowment Fund today has an 
estimated market valuation of three million dollars, up 
from the $25,000 designated as a "reserve fund" 
following Miss Baldwin's death. Whereas the 1895 
charter permitted the holding of property up to 
$200,000, the total assets today are estimated to be in 
the twelve to fifteen million dollar range. The large 
staff at the present time contrasts with the total 
absence of secretarial help for the Principal and 
Business Manager as late as World War I. 

Reflections on Student Life 

Discipline was notoriously strict through much of 
Mary Baldwin's history, encouraged by the families 
from which the students came and made the more 
rigorous, no doubt, for considerations of administra- 



Mary Baldwin College— A Historical Sketch 





The afternoon walks. 



Miss Nannie Tate, first graduate of the Augusta Female 
Seminary. 



tive "convenience and economy." On one occasion a 
fornial request from the Second Presbyterian Church 
that students be permitted to attend church services 
there as well as First Church was debated by the 
Board and refused because of unspecifiable complica- 
tions that might arise if the pattern of regimentation 
was broken. Uniforms were worn from 1869 to 1929. 
The afternoon walks, good for exercise, kept to "the 
most secluded streets," with the girls walking in line 
and always avoiding Main Street "whose mysterious 
fascinations," in the words of one of the morbidly 
curious, "have often thrilled the imagination with 
unspeakable wonder and anticipation." Gentlemen 
were not exactly encouraged to call, those passing 
inspection being subjected to punctilious rites of 
passage en route to brief admissions to the guarded 
presences. For all that, the students appear to have 
been a happy lot and the record shows they were 
involved in a wide variety of campus activities and 
organizations the like of which has largely lapsed 
with the pattern of weekend defection from the 
campus and the cultural mandate to "do one's own 
thing." 

The student annual, "The Blue Stocking," made its 
first appearance in 1900; the "Miscellany," a literary 
magazine, the year before; Campus Comments, the 
student newspaper, in 1920. The Student Government 
Association was organized in 1929. Many associations 
that once flourished have disappeared, including 
sororities which made a brief appearance during the 
first decade of the current century. 

The earlier academic structure seems fluid and 
under-defined in contrast with the specialization and 
differentiation which prevail today. The Presidency 
and Deanship go back only to 1923; organized classes 
to 1910. In Miss Baldwin's era there were "schools" 
which later gave way to "departments" now more 



lately grouped under "divisions." There is much more 
choice of courses today than some while back; also 
more curricular emphasis on career preparation, some- 
thing not really new since Miss Baldwin had a School 
of Business Training and Bookkeeping as early as 
1883 and a single bookkeeping course before that. 
The College today provides help in finding career 
openings and has a short January term to allow 
students to participate in extemship experiences in 
varied careers. 

Mary Baldwin is an asset to the Staunton commu- 
nity in many ways: its payroll of 200 employees is a 
stimulant to the local economy; its students patronize 
the stores, restaurants, and professional services of the 
city; its campus contributes to the beauty of the 
dovvmtown area; its program of continuing education 
offers classes at night for adults for credit or enrich- 
ment; and its policy of inviting the community to 
college- sponsored events at little or no charge widens 
the cultural offerings available to the residents. 

Today, Mary Baldwin faces new challenges in the 
middle of its second century: competition from 
publicly supported institutions; inflation; higher 
standards of excellence in program, equipment and 
compensation; the growth of coeducation. While 
private colleges suffer especially in times of economic 
recession with declining yields from endowments and 
attrition in students, Mary Baldwin continues to 
appeal to a broad constituency. The college's New 
Dimensions Capital Campaign, initiated hvo years ago 
to raise $7.6 million for permanent endowment and 
current funds has almost reached its halfway mark. 
A 15% increase in freshmen enrollment for the 1976-77 
year over that of last year, is a prime indicator of 
Mary Baldwin's successful adjustment to the challenges 
it faces. 



Dr. Virginia L. Lester Elected Seventh President 
of Mary Baldwin College 



Dr. Virginia Laudano Lester, acting dean of the State- 
Wide Division of Empire State College of the state 
university of New York, became the seventh 
president of Mary Baldwin college this fall. Dr. Lester 
was elected to the position at a special meeting of the 
board of trustees in Washington, June 4. 

With 10 year's experience in academic administra- 
tion. Dr. Lester, 45, becomes the first woman elected 
president of the college since the days when Mary 
Baldwin was called a "seminary" and headed by 
women principals. 

On several interim occasions since Mary Baldwin 
became a college, it has been headed by women who 
served as acting president: Dean Martha S. Grafton, 
now retired and most recently by Dr. Patricia H. Menk 
who was appointed to the position this past November. 

A native of Philadelphia, Penn., Dr. Lester went to 
Empire State College, Saratoga Springs, in 1973 as 
associate dean and assistant professor, College-Wide 
Programs, and was involved in implementing a new 
organizational design for Empire State. 

She became senior associate dean in 1975 and was 
further engaged in personnel and program develop- 
ment, including cooperative programs with external 
agencies. 

In May, Dr. Lester was named acting dean of the 
State-Wide Division of Empire State College. Addition- 
ally, this spring she has been visiting faculty fellow of 
Harvard's Graduate School of Education and on the 
consulting core faculty of the Union Graduate School, 
Union for Experimenting Colleges and Universities, 
Yellow Springs, Ohio. 

For five years, 1967-72, Dr. Lester was a member of 
the administration of Skidmore College, first as director 
of educational research and later as assistant to the 
president. 

She has been a consultant to the New York State 
Education Department, Bureau of College Evaluation; 
to the Vermont State College System; the New Careers 
Training Laboratory of City University of New York, 
and the University of North Carolina Institute for 
Undergraduate Curricular Reform. She was also on the 
faculty for the National Conference on Drug Abuse 
Training. 

In Saratoga Springs, Dr. Lester served as a director of 
Costume Collection, Inc. and the local Planned Parent- 
hood League. She was also a member of the Housing 
Board of Appeals. 

Dr. Lester, a divorcee, is the mother of two teen-age 
daughters, Pamela, 19, a student at the School for 
Forestry and Environmental Science, part of the state 
university of New York at Syracuse and Valerie, 16, a 




Dr. Virginia L. Lester 

student at the Kent School in Kent, Conn. 

A graduate of the Pennsylvania State University and 
Temple University, Dr. Lester received her doctorate in 
1972 from the Union Graduate School, the Union for 
Experimenting Colleges and Universities where she 
made a comparative study of the relationship of college 
goals to college functioning. 

She is a member of the American Association of 
Higher Education and the American Association of 
University Professors. Additionally, she is a trustee of 
the Virginia Federation of Independent Colleges, and 
a member of the Virginia Crime Commission Advisory 
Task Force to study criminal sexual assault. 

Dr. Lester's appointment culminated a six month 
search made by a committee composed of representa- 
tives from the board of trustees, alumnae, faculty and 
students who considered applications from 190 
persons who applied for the post. 



Wenger Hall Formally Dedicated During 
Alumnae Weekend 



Over 100 Mary Baldwin alumnae from as far away as 
Texas convened on the campus in April to celebrate 
the traditional alumnae homecoming. 

Dr. William W. Kelly presided at the alumnae 
luncheon and paid special tribute to members of the 
50th reunion class attending: Elizabeth Roberts 
Brittain of Tazewell, Va., Emily Ramsey Thompson, 
Front Royal, Va., Betsy Brown Wheeler, Charlottesville, 
Va., and Missouri Miller Zirkle of Christiansburg, Va. 
Members of the 25th, 10th and first class were 
also recognized. 

Dr. Kelly read the citation naming Mrs. Patty Joe 
Montgomery of El Dorado, Ark., the recipient of the 
Emily Smith Medallion which is awarded annually to 
an alumna for distinguished service to church, 
community and the college. Mrs. Montgomery is a 
member of the college's National Development 
Council, chairperson of the National Alumnae Com- 
mittee and a former member of the Board of Trustees. 
Her family ties to the college date back to when her 
grandmother attended the Augusta Female Seminary 
during the time of Mary Julia Baldwin. Her daughter, 
Roberta M. Fonville, was graduated from the college 
in 1962. 

Alumnae were special guests at the formal dedica- 
tion ceremonies for the Wenger Hall Student Center, 
the Lakenan Terrace and the Elizabeth Parker Student 
Government Suite and heard an address by the 
Honorable Andrew P. Miller, attorney general for the 
commonwealth of Virginia. Mr. Miller is the grandson 
of Flora McElwee Miller, a Mary Baldwin student of 
1880 for whom the Miller Lounge in the Student 
Center is named. 

Weekend activities also included the finals of the 
Mid-Atlantic Lawn Tennis Association (MALTA) 
women's collegiate tennis championship, where Mary 
Baldwin's Crissy Gonzalez captured the singles title, 
and the team of Gonzalez and Heidi Goeltz took the 
doubles championship. The Mary Baldwin team also 
received the sportsmanship trophy. Other events 
attended by alumnae included tours of the MBC 
greenhouse, a buffet supper with the faculty, and a 
concert by the college choir. 

Alumnae officers elected to take office July 1 include: 
President, Mary Lamont Wade '52 of Richmond, Va.; 
Vice-President for Annual Giving, Adriane Heim 
Lyman '50 of Bemardsville, N.J.; and Vice President 
for Continuing Education, Gretchen Clark Hobby '60 
of Orlando, Fla. Elected to serve on the Alumnae 
Association Board of Directors as members-at-large 
are: Marcia Williams Bohannon '71 of Reston, Va.; Julia 
Deener Brent '58 of Alexandria, Va.; Mary Buvinger '68 
of Houston, Tex.; Angier Brock Caudle '69 of Richmond, 



Excerpts from Andrew P. Miller's 
Address 

Speaking at the dedication of Wenger Hall, Attorney 
General Andrew P. Miller praised the contributions of 
private colleges to the state's higher educational 
program. "One of the most obvious reasons that 
Virginia benefits by the existence of both private and 
state-supported education is that the private college or 
university is relatively free to chart its ovkOi destiny. 
The academic atmosphere that results may answer 
challenges unique to certain students and faculty and 
which may not be answered on public campuses." 

He noted the "increasingly difficult financial 
challenges" faced by private institutions in recent 
years, and he praised the success of Mary Baldwin in 
its completion of the 15-year, $8 million expansion 
program. 

Miller continued, "One has only to look at this 
stately campus to know that the status of Mary Baldwin 
College has not been diminished by the recent, 
difficult years. The capital program which included 
this new student activities center has given new life to 
Mary Baldwin and has opened a new potential for 
growth." 

Reasserting the reason for pluralism in the state's 
system of higher education, the Attorney General 
noted that most compelling was the fact that students 
from other states come to Virginia because they have 
learned that the private and state- supported colleges 
and universities are superior institutions. He contin- 
ued, "They have been made aware of the educational 
opportunities that Virginia has to offer." 

Miller concluded, "We have, in short, an educational 
heritage that is shared by all our colleges, whether they 
be private or state-supported. Here at Mary Baldwin, 
there is no diminution of that heritage. Indeed, by 
what you have accomplished in the past 15 years, 
culminating in this building we dedicate today, that 
heritage has now been further enhanced. 

"Mary Baldwin is representative of the best in 
private, higher educational opportunities in the 
Commonwealth. So long as this college endures, it will 
continue to draw bright young Virginians to its 
bosom, along with students from every state and from 
othernations." 



Va.; Ann Fowlkes Dodd '52 of Richmond, Va.; Camille 
Glass Gaffron '73 of Atlanta, Ga.; Ann Calvin Rogers 
Witte '67 of Chapel Hill, N.C.; Judith Lynn Wade '69 
of Atlanta, Ga.; and Lucy Fisher West '59 of Wayne, 
Perm. 




Mrs. Henry E. Wenger (Consuelo Slaughter Wenger '19) for 
whom the student center was named, was a special guest 
at formal dedication ceremonies. 




Miss Elizabeth Parker, former dean of students, addressed 
the group following the dedication of the Elizabeth Parker 
Student Government Suite. 




Members of the 50th reunion class (1. to r.): Elizabeth 
Roberts Brittain, Emily Ramsey Thompson, Betsy 
Brown Wheeler and Missouri Miller Zirkle receive a special 
tribute at the alumnae luncheon following the dedication 
ceremonies. 




Mrs. Wenger (1.) and Marguerite Harvey Turner, '20 (r.) 
reminiscing about their former seminary days, as 
Mrs. Turner's daughter, Consuelo T. Ingram, looks on. 




The Honorable Andrew P. Miller 




The Computer and the Liberal Arts College 



by Robert J. Weiss, Professor of Mathematics 



In 1812 an eight-year old Vermont boy named Zerah 
Colbum amazed an academic audience with feats of 
mental arithmetic such as computing instantaneously 
the square root of 106,929 and calculating in a few 
seconds the sixteenth power of the number 8. More 
remarkable, perhaps, was his ability to factor large 
numbers; given the number 247,483, he was able in 
a few moments to give its factors (941 and 263). 

Colbum was one example of a phenomenon that 
has occurred at intervals in the last several centuries, 
that of "calculating prodigies," persons who displayed 
exceptional talent for doing very complex calculations 
rapidly in their heads. Typically the prodigy exhibited 
this talent at an early age, and usually the arithmetic 
techniques were self-taught. Even though at least one 
nineteenth century prodigy, George Parker Bidder, 
became a prominent civil engineer, most often the 
prodigies were undistinguished in later life. Many, 




MBC student Barbara Barnes of Chappaqua, N.Y. working 
in the student area of the computer center. 



in fact, were unable to profit from formal schooling 
and were almost certainly considered mentally 
defective in virtually all areas except calculation. For 
this reason the nineteenth century math historian, 
W. W. Rouse Ball, adopted the description "idiot 
savant." 

What these prodigies appear to have had in common 
was an exceptional memory for numbers, an unusual 
capacity for concentration, and the ability to vividly 
visualize numbers in their minds as they performed 
computations. Their techniques, though self-taught, 
were often refined by constant practice as they gave 
frequent public exhibitions, solving problems posed 
by members of the audience. Exhibitions in the 
twentieth century included, in addition to problems 
of the type described above, calculation of logarithms 



and reciting from memory, in either original or reverse 
order, the car numbers on the boxcars of a one 
hundred car freight train. 

Comparison of a human mind, regardless of how 
unusual, to a machine is probably both unfair and 
unwise; nonetheless, one is struck by the similarities 
between the "idiot savants" and modem electronic 
computers. Computers can, of course, perform complex 
arithmetic computations with ease, usually even more 
quickly than the best of the prodigies, though not 
necessarily as acairately. They readily calculate 
logarithms and can easily remember the car numbers 
of a hundred car train; most large railroads, in fact, use 
computers for precisely that purpose, printing the car 
numbers in the correct order. (The computer could 
just as easily print them in reverse order, if anyone 
were really interested.) Computer memories are 
excellent, although of limited capacity, and the 
machines have a single-minded concentration 
that would probably have been the envy of Zerah 
Colbum. They are very fast, highly efficient devices 
capable of performing certain select tasks, just as the 
"idiot savants" were highly skilled at certain compu- 
tations and generally not very competent. 

Of course, we must assume that even the most dull 
of the "idiot savants" was capable of original and 
creative thought, while computers, as almost everyone 
knows, do not actually think; rather, they simply do 
exactly what they are told. A computer must be 
precisely instructed in what it is to do; thus pro- 
grammed, it can perform a highly complex sequence 
of operations, making decisions and varying the 
sequence according to preassigned conditions. How- 
ever, if so instructed it will just as happily do very silly 
things, such as repeatedly printing the number "7," 
one character to a line, for page after page until 
someone manually stops it. 

Computers Gain Importance 

That we are "living in the computer age" is one of 
those overworked expressions that appear much too 
often in print; nonetheless, it is clear that our society 
is increasingly dependent upon computers and upon 
persons who can effectively use them. The need for 
individuals, not necessarily trained in the highly 
technical aspects of computer work, but knowledge- 
able about both the capabilities of computers and the 
difficulties associated with them, is very much 
apparent. Many liberal arts colleges now allow 
"computer literacy" courses to meet general distribu- 



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About the Author . . . 

A member of the Man/ Baldwin faculty since 1968, Mr. 
Weiss is currently chairman of the Computer Center 
Committee, one of whose functions is to establish priorities 
for the use of the college computer. He is a graduate of 
La Verne College in Cahfomia and earned his M.A. and 
Ph.D. from the University of California. Professional 
memberships held by Professor Weiss include the American 
Mathematical Society, the Mathematical Association of 
America and the American Association of University 
Professors. 




tion requirements— some schools may even require 
such courses. Graduate schools permit computer 
language courses to meet the foreign language require- 
ments, and baccalaureate graduates with experience 
using computers for problem solving have substantially 
better opportunities for jobs. 

The importance of computers to colleges is not 
limited to educational use. Dr. John G. Kemeny, 
president of Dartmouth College and co-developer of 
the widely used computer language BASIC, states 
that the computer is now the most important 
element in long-range planning that a college can 
have. Speaking recently at a gathering of more than 
200 women college administrators, he commented 
that the Board of Trustees at Dartmouth is so 
convinced of the value of the computer for planning 
that a terminal is made available for use at board 
meetings. 

Mary Baldwin's Computer 

The computer age came to Mary Baldwin in the 
fall of 1968. Under the direction of A. L. Booth, college 
registrar, MBC started leasing time on a computer 
ovmed by a local business. Most of the use was 
administrative, but there was some student use, 
particularly in the 1969-70 academic year when an 
introductory FORTRAN course was offered and the 
computer was used for student projects in several 
upper level mathematics courses. In 1970 Mary 
Baldwin purchased its own IBM 1130 computer, 
with the help of a $50,000 grant from the National 
Science Foundation. In 1972 the computer was 
moved to its present location on the first floor of the 
Administration Building, where the Alumnae 
Offices had previously been, and in 1973 the 
equipment was upgraded with a 16K memory from 
Logicon, a 2314-type disc drive, and a faster line 
printer. The present computer center staff includes 
Mr. Fred Powell as Director, Ms. Rebecca Bien, a 
1974 graduate of Mary Baldwin, as Systems 
Analyst/Programmer, and Mr. Eddie Swick as 
Operator/Programmer. 

In terms of administrative use of the computer 
at Mary Baldwin, the Alumnae/Development Offices 
are by far the biggest users. The development of the 
computer system for these offices is now essentially 
complete, after several years of work. Their files 
currently include about 44,000 different records, which 
can be sorted in almost unlimited ways to give gift 
summary reports, mailing labels, and so forth. 



Other major users are the Admissions, Business, 
Information Services, and Registrar's offices. 

In order to make better use of the facilities, the 
computer center does a small amount of outside 
work. One current job is part of an HEW-sponsored, 
five year spinal cord research project. Working in 
conjunction with the Woodrow Wilson Rehabili- 
tation Center at Fishersville, Mary Baldwin serves 
as one of ten national data collection centers, and is 
the first to have an operating data analysis system. 
Another outside project has involved data analysis 
on jail populations for the Central Shenandoah 
Planning Commission, and a third is handling data 
analysis for the National Science Foundation- 
sponsored Women in Science project at Mary Baldwin 
and three other women's colleges in Virginia. The 
Mary Baldwin computer center also houses the 
program library for COMMON, a national users group 
for IBM computers, and serves as the central distri- 
bution site for SMORGASBORD, a large assorted 
collection of user-contributed 1130 software. 

The biggest educational use of the Mary Baldwin 
computer is in connection with programming courses. 
Computer programming, often thought of as a 
mechanical subject more appropriate for technical 
schools, is taught at Mary Baldwin as a general 
method of problem solving. Programming, in fact, 
is really a two-stage process, in which the hardest 
part is devising a method by which the problem 
can be attacked by the computer. Once this has 
been solved, the mechanical part, the actual writing 
of the program, is often relatively easy. Pro- 




Rebecca Bien (MBC '74), system analyst and programmer, 
and Eddie Swick, computer operator 



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''One very real educational advantage 
of the computer operation at the college 
is that students get 'hands on' experience." 




Fred Powell, director of the Computer Center 

gramming courses are offered in BASIC, COBOL, 
FORTRAN, and ASSEMBLER languages; other 
languages supported are RPG, APL, SNOBOL, 
ALGOL, SLl, and AMTRAN. 

Educational Usage 

Programming as a problem solving technique is 
an evolutionary process; the first attempt is rarely 
successful, and the programmer is forced to back 
up and make modifications, or sometimes start 
over with a different approach. Thus programming 
is time-consuming for the student, probably just as 
time-consuming as other science labs. Students 
spend long hours in the computer center, much of it 
in frustration as a "perfectly logical" program 
produces pages of unreasonable garbage. The feeling 
of success when the program finally runs correctly 
is particularly sweet. 

One very real educational advantage of the 
computer operation at the college is that students get 
"hands on" experience; that is, they run their own 
programs. Students load their ov^m programs in the 
computer and stand at the printer to see if the 
results are good or bad. If the computer finds errors 
in the program, the student can correct them 
immediately and run the program again. Several 
tries may be required before the program runs 
correctly, but in this way the computer becomes a 
very effective teaching machine. Students have 
exclusive access to the computer for several hours 
each evening, and they may run programs along 
with administrative jobs in the afternoons. More- 
over, advanced students may check out a key to the 



^ 

ij^ 




Chad Gubbins, a 1976 graduate from Raleigh, N.C., reviews 
the computer printout. 

center and use it at other times, including all night 
if desired. The lament, "I was in the computer 
center until 4:30 this morning," is not an unusual 
one as the term draws to an end. 

Other educational use of the computer includes 
several faculty research projects, statistical analysis 
of student questionnaires for sociology courses and 
similar analysis for some senior projects, problem 
solving in several upper level mathematics courses, 
and more mundane tasks such as grading multiple 
choice tests for various courses. 

In the future the college would like to increase 
educational use of the computer, particularly in 
non-computer science courses and develop a time- 
sharing system, with terminals in the major 
administrative offices and at selected locations 
for student use. This would not only allow more 
efficient use of the machine but would also 
alleviate problems caused by heavy demand for the 
keypunch machines in the computer center. Recent 
developments in computer hardware make this 
conversion of Mary Baldwin's system feasible, if 
sufficient money can be found. 

In justifying Dartmouth College's decision to 
allocate $2 million for a new computer. Dr. Kemeny 
stated that "the computer makes the students a 
little smarter, and it makes the faculty and 
administration a great deal smarter." Perhaps the 
greatest potential for future use of the computer at 
Mary Baldwin is that the computer will play a much 
larger role in the long-range planning of the college. 



12 



Mary Baldwin's Chief Plans a New Mission 

by Margie Fisher, Staff Writer, Roanoke Times 



STAUNTON — Recently, a man who happened to 
strike up a conversation with Dr. Virginia L. Lester 
while she was traveling alone in Asia described her 
as "the gutsiest woman" he had ever met. 

She took it as a compliment and also as a kind of 
index to her own emotional growth. 

Not so long ago, by her own evaluation, she was not 
one to take risks with the unknown — like the trip to 
Asia— and not one to gamble on her ov^m abilities. 

"I was very self-depreciating. I felt everybody was 
smarter than I was," she says. And when opportunities 
and challenges presented themselves she was con- 
stantly saying to herself, "Ginny, you can't do that." 

Today, it's hard to believe there is anything 
Dr. Lester can't do. 

Ten years ago, she left the life of housewife, volun- 
teerism and "smocking blouses" for her two daughters 
to re-enter the world of working women. 

Last week she moved into the president's office at 
Mary Baldwin College and set about the task of 
transforming the small liberal arts institution to fit 
her own image of dynamic feminism, in the nicest 
sense of the word. 

Dr. Lester, a divorcee who is Mary Baldwin's first 
woman president, is clearly very excited about what 
she sees as the new mission of the school. That is, to 
educate women for a new age where they have more 
choices than ever before. 

"Women have more options today than men," she 
said. "Oh, you can talk about 'house husbands' but a 
man would have to be pretty tough to be a house 
husband." 

Women, on the other hand, can choose marriage, or 
a career and then marriage, or career and marriage 
combined, or they can dedicate themselves to a 
career and never marry. 

"The real danger, though, is that they don't always 
make their choices intelligently," she said. 

"They don't realize that to have one thing they will 
have to give up something else. Formal education, 
generally, has not given women the information to 
make sensible elections about lifestyle and neither has 
it given them the skills they need to make a success of 
that choice," she said. 

Also, said Dr. Lester, it has failed to show women 
that "one choice doesn't have to be forever," that they 
can keep growing, keep learning and keep taking out 
new options on new lifestyles at any age. 

Dr. Lester is very much into theories about various 
stages of adult development and how these differ 
between the sexes. 

Men, she feels, tend to taper off at about 35. By that 




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Mary Baldwin's Chief Plans a New Mission 



time they have reached a stage where they have made 
it or know they won't make it and they settle into a 
downward curve of their ambitions. 

Women, on the other hand, tend to go through their 
20s (or their childbearing years), devaluing themselves 
and not very happy, but then, when they reach their 
late 30s "they are ready to fly." 

The older women get, said Dr. Lester, "the more 
egocentric they get and the less guilty they feel about 
it. They tum to men and say, 'hey, now it's my tum.' " 

Dr. Lester, at 45, is a classic example of what she's 
talking about. She started out with the childhood 
assumption that she should be a teacher and then get 
married, because teaching was one of the few career 
options open to women at that time and marriage was 
required for all young girls. 

The Philadelphia native did indeed become an 
elementary school teacher and she did marry. And 
when her first daughter was on the way she went 
home, and she stayed there, never intending to go 
back on anybody's payroll. 

From a forum of volunteer work, Mrs. Lester 
decided to run for a seat on the local school board. 
She lost by five votes. "I decided if I wasn't going to be 
able to volunteer my time, 1 might as well get paid for 
it," she says, so she went to work in the administra- 
tion at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. 

What happened later is also fairly classic. Her career 
soared. She returned to school to get a doctorate at 
the Union for Experimenting Colleges and Universities 
in Yellow Springs, Ohio, and later was invited back 
to teach in the same program. During that time 
she was divorced. 

She was acting dean of Empire State College's 
statewide division in New York when Mary Baldwin 
invited her to become president three months ago. 

The next thing she knew she was "picking up my 
family, a house and my whole life to move to a part of 
the country 1 didn't know much about." 

Dr. Lester has been nominated on two previous 
occasions to be considered for college presidencies. 
She was flattered and curious by the first couple of 



possibilities but was still saying inwardly to herself: 
"Ginny, you can't do that." 

But her confidence in herself and her abilities was 
growing. And so was her conviction about colleges 
that "are staying in business for women." 

Mary Baldwin's commitment to a program geared 
specifically to women's potential and a decision by 
the board of trustees to maintain an all-female student 
body and hire a woman president gel precisely with 
Dr. Lester's views. 

There is a great need, she feels, for education that is 
designed especially for women so that they can become 
aware of their options and their abilities and get the 
skills they need to make informed choices. 

Many women need "this period of segregation 
before they go out into the competitive world to fight 
the good fight." 

And Dr. Lester feels strongly that this type of 
learning environment must also be extended to older 
women who, like herself, go through many expe- 
riences but don't truly discover until their late 30s or 
40s that they are ready to take charge of their own 
future. She is pushing for Mary Baldwin to get into 
that type of program, knowing the school will have to 
restructure itself if it is also going to serve women who, 
unlike younger students, have other demands on their 
time. 

"There is a crying need for it out there," she said, 
pointing to her experiences at Empire State where the 
average age of the students is 36 and where they are 
predominantly women. 

Dr. Lester has brought an air of excitement to Mary 
Baldwin. She is a woman who relishes new expe- 
riences, whether riding river rapids or taking off on a 
trip by herself around the world. She comes on, 
always, as herself, not embarrassed to be seen in public 
in blue jeans and tennis shoes, and not reluctant to 
admit she's very proud of her own accomplishments. 
Reprinted with permission of Roanoke Times. 



14 




NEWS 



Mary Baldwin Graduate 
Appointed to Development Post 




Carol Lynn Howard 



Carol Lynn Howard, a 1976 graduate of Mary 
Baldwin, has been appointed Assistant Director of 
Development. Miss Howard will be working with 
New Dimensions alumnae chairmen in each area as 
they plan and coordinate campaign meetings and 
kick-off dinners throughout the country. 

An honor student at the college, Miss Howard was 
the student recipient of the Algernon Sydney Sullivan 
medallion for outstanding character and serx'ice 
awarded at the recent commencement exercises. 

She is a charter member of the college's chapter of 
Omicron Delta Kappa, national leadership society, 
and Psi Chi, national honorary society in psychology. 

A former resident of Norfolk, Miss Howard is the 
daughter of Captain and Mrs. Albert W. Howard now 
stationed in Iceland with tlie U. S. Navy. 

New Dimensions Building Program 
Completed With Renovation, 
Expansion of Wenger Hall 

The only building program among the objectives of 
the New Dimensions program, the expansion and 
renovation of Wenger Hall to a student activities 
center, was completed and opened to students in 
January. Formal dedication ceremonies were held 
May 1, 1976, as part of Mary Baldwin's year-long 
Bicentennial program. 

Mrs. Consuelo Slaughter Wenger of Detroit, who 
gave major financial support to make the student 
center possible, was present for the dedication. 

Wenger Hall, originally constructed in 1951, has 
been enlarged and renovated at a cost of $725,000. 
Contributing to the project were numerous alumnae 
and parents, as well as the following foundations and 
corporations: Arthur Vining Davis Foundation, 
Burlington Industries Foundation, Kresge Foundation, 



Tenneco Foundation, The Walter Clifton Foundation, 
Inc., The American Can Company, Clark, Nexsen, 
Owen, architects, Fairchild Industries, First and 
Merchants Corporation, Gulf Oil Corporation, 
Holsinger Lumber Company, Inc., John's Inc., Planters 
Bank and Trust Company, Reynolds Metals Company 
and Staunton Paint and Wallpaper Company. 



Campaign Reaches Halfway Mark; 
Seven Fall Campaigns Scheduled 

Over the past two years the New Dimensions 
Program has been initiated in 36 cities in six states. 
These campaigns have brought Mary Baldwin almost 
to the halfway mark of an overall goal of $7.6 million 
for permanent endowment and current funds. 

During this next year the college will continue to 
conduct area campaigns in 24 cities. Planning and 
preliminary organization for the seven fall campaigns 
began in May. 

Mary Baldwin's new president. Dr. Virginia L. 
Lester, will be present at the Campaign Kickoff 
Dinners to meet alumnae, parents, and friends of the 
college. 

Area Area Chairmen 

Raleigh-Durham, N.C. 

October 24 
Charlotte, N.C. 

October 25 
Winston-Salem, N.C. 

October 26 
Asheville, N.C. 

October 27 
Greensboro-High Point, N.C. 

October 28 Martha Ross Amos, '48 

Memphis, Term. 

November 16 
Charleston, W. Va. 

November 17 



Margaret Query Keller, '55 
Joan Keeley Lam, '49 
Martha Grant Rideout, '63 
Charlotte Jackson Lunsford, '51 



Lucy May, '73 

Ouida Caldwell Davis, '51 



Scholarship Fund Receives $25,000 Gift 

Mr. Edward H. Little of Memphis, Tenn. has made an 
additional gift of $25,000 through the New Dimensions 
Campaign to the Elizabeth Bolton Woodside Memorial 
Scholarship Fund. The fund was established by Mr. 
Little in Memory of his niece, who was an alumna of 
Mary Baldwin. This fund, now valued at $75,000, will 
provide $3750 per year in scholarship aid. 



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NEW DIMENSIONS PROGRAM 

Summary of Gifts By Range of Giving — June 30, 1976 

Campai^fn Goal 
$7.6 Million 
Gifts/ Pledges Required 
Gift Range Number Amount 

$i,000,000 up 1-2 $2,000,000.00 

$100,000-999,999 10-15 2,000,000.00 

$10,000-99,999 90-120 1,800,000.00 

$1,000-9,999 350-500 1,000,000.00 

Under $1,000 all others 800,000.00 

Totals $7,600,000.00 



Gifts/Pledges Received 
Number Amount 



1 


$1,000,000.00 


3 


600,000.00 


46 


1,385,118.49 


125 


297,132.68 


1142 


163,961.80 


1317 


$3,446,212.97 



Gifts/Pledges To Date 
Amount Pledged Number Amount Paid 



909,075.00 


16 


$518,649.42 


384,698.59 


91 


260,722.24 


9,287.50 


16 


8,573.50 


290,682.85 


25 


188,931.26 


366,002.83 


23 


269,782.83 


989,319.67 


138 


487,476.53 


497,146.53 


1019 


741,973.80 


3,446,212.97 


1328* 


2,476,109.58 



Summary of Gifts By Purpose — June 30, 1976 

Campaign Goal 
$7.6 Million 
Purpose Gifts/Pledges Required 

Endowment for Teaching $3,750,000.00 

Endowment for Student Aid 1,000,000.00 

Endowment for the Library 750,000.00 

General Endowment 1,000,000.00 

Current Use Funds 500,000.00 

Undesignated 

Wenger Hall 600,000.00 

Total Pledges $7,600,000.00 

'Includes pledges made to more than one purpose. 
Summary of Gifts By Source— June 30, 1976 

Cumulative To Date 

Number Total Pledged 

Alumnae 742 1,838,337.33 

Non-Alumnae 359 651,880.28 

Corporations 67 178,242.50 

Foundations 7 754,401.36 

Other 22 23,351.50 

Totals 1197 3,446,212.97 

Trustees* 41 1,422,918.01 

Parents* 292 179,580.73 

"Included in alumnae or non-alumnae amounts above 




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News Digest 



125 Seniors Receive Degrees 
at Graduation 

"Women, Work and Wisdom" was the title of the 
address given at the 134th commencement exercises 
by Dr. Albert Curry Winn, pastor of the Second 
Presbyterian Church in Richmond. This was the first 
year in the college's history that the baccalaureate 
service and the graduation program was combined. 

Dr. William W. Kelly, former president of the college, 
conferred the bachelor of arts degree to 125 women, 
and Dr. Patricia H. Menk, acting president, gave the 
remarks for the college. 

Carol Lynn Howard, '76, recently appointed 
assistant director of development, and Jane Frances 
Smith, '37, of Alexandria, received the Algernon 
Sydney Sullivan medallions for outstanding character 
and service awarded annually at graduation to a 
student and a non-student. 

The Martha Stackhouse Grafton Award, presented 
each year to the graduate who has earned the highest 
cumulative average in her four years at Mary Baldwin, 
went to Lucile McMichael Fairchild of Reidsville, N.C., 
who maintained a straight A average. 

Claudia L. Woody, of Bassett, Va., was named the 
Russell Scholar for 1976-77 to pursue a scholarly 
project during her senior year. The Cynthia Anna 
Durham Award was given to Mary Hunter Leach of 
Leesburg for the member of the junior class "who has 
done the most to encourage creative writing among 
students of the college." 

Bonnie E. Klinefelter of Timonium, Md., was the 
recipient of the college's Honors Degree which is 
designed to recognize students of outstanding 
academic achievement and a wide range of intellectual 
and cultural interests. One major stipulation for the 
Honors Degree is that the candidate must achieve a 
"distinction" in her senior thesis and defense. 

Dr. Patricia H. Menk received the Omicron Delta 
Kappa Leadership Award, and Sister Dorothy Ann 
Pyle of St. Francis Catholic Church received the 
Distinguished Community Service Award, initiated 
by the class of 1971. 




Mary Louise Kiley 



Dean of Students Appointed 

Mary Louise Kiley, former dean of students at 
Westbrook College, Portland, Maine, has been 
appointed dean of students. She succeeds Ethel M. 
Smeak, professor of English, who will return to 
teaching this fall. 

Ms. Kiley was associated with Westbrook College 
for nine years, serving as assistant dean for three years 
and dean of students for six years. Prior to her asso- 
ciation with Westbrook, she was assistant academic 
dean and instructor at Garland Junior College, Boston, 
Mass., and a teacher in the public schools of Stamford, 
Conn. 

A graduate of State College, Framingham, Mass., 
with a B.S. degree in education, Ms. Kiley earned a 
master's degree in education from Tufts University 
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in Medford, 
Mass., and has done further study at Fairfield Uni- 
versity in Fairfield, Conn. She is listed in Who's Who 
in American Women and is the recipient of a Distin- 
guished Alumnae Award from Framingham State 
College. 

She is residing in Blakely House on the Mary 
Baldwin campus. 



Governor's School for the Gifted 
Held on Mary Baldwin Campus 

For four weeks this summer, 152 rising junior and 
senior high school students from throughout the state 
participated in the Governor's School for the Gifted 
on the Mary Baldwin campus. 

The college was one of three centers in the state 
which hosted the sessions for selected students. 
Other center locations were Mary Washington College 
in Fredericksburg and Randolph -Macon Woman's 
College in Lynchburg. 

Various areas of study included anthropology, 
astronomy, botany, chemistry, creative writing, 
economics of contemporary issues, the novel and film, 
mathematics, physiology, philosophy, physics, political 
science, psychology and zoology. 

Guest speakers who addressed the group included 
Charles McDowell, columnist for the Richmond Times- 
Dispatch, and Edgar Toppin, a noted black historian. 
Students also participated in numerous field trips, 
demonstrations, interest groups and discussions. 

Dr. Ben H. Smith, Jr., professor of English at Mary 
Baldwin, directed the program, marking his fourth 
year as head of the Mary Baldwin Center. 



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News Digest 




Deborah Dodson 



First Woman Chaplain Appointed 

Deborah Dodson of Texas has recently been named 
chaplain of the college. She succeeds Carl N. Edwards, 
who has accepted an assistant ministry in Baltimore, Md. 

Ms. Dodson, the first woman chaplain to be 
appointed at Mary Baldwin, attended Texas Tech 
University and received a B.A. degree in religion from 
Austin College and a master of divinity degree in 
theology-Bible from Vanderbilt University in 
Nashville, Term. She will be ordained a Presbyterian 
minister this fall. 

She has held a student ministry at Trinity Presbyte- 
rian Church in Nashville, a chaplain internship at Ben 
Taube County Hospital in Houstin, Tex., and has 
worked as a caseworker for the Texas Department of 
Welfare. 

The new chaplain will work closely with the dean of 
student's office and will teach a course in religion and 
women's studies. 



Library Receives Kellogg Grant 

The W. K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Mich, 
has awarded Mary Baldwin an $8,000 grant for the 
purchase of terminal and related equipment from the 
Ohio College Library Center (OCLC), a national, 
computerized, bibliographic data exchange. The grant, 
to be utilized over a two-year period, is also 
designated for the training of library personnel in the 
use of the system. 

Once installed, the new system is expected to 
improve the processing of library materials and 
eliminate backlog, free the professional staff from 
clerical work and enhance tnterlibrary loan services 
for the faculty and students. 



Administrative Intern Program 
Enters Third Year of Operation 

Mary Baldwin will again participate in the 
Administrative Intern Program for Women in Higher 
Education sponsored by the Carnegie Corporation and 
16 women's colleges, and coordinated by Cedar Crest 
College in Allentown, Pa. 

The program is designed to provide colleges and 
universities with a supply of qualified women for 
entry-level positions in all phases of academic 
administration, and is open to nominations by the 16 
institutions from their graduates or faculty and staff 
who have an expressed interest in administration in 
higher education. 

Recently, a new grant was authorized by the 
Carnegie Corporation extending the present program 
for one additional year until July 1978. 

Valerie Lund, a 1974 graduate, has been selected to 
represent Mary Baldwin and she will intern at Scripps 
College in Claremont, Calif. A member of Phi Beta 
Kappa, Ms. Lund served as an admissions counselor 
at Mary Baldwin following graduation, and was a 
graduate assistant in history this past year at the 
College of William and Mary. 

Martha FuUer, a 1968 graduate of Randolph-Macon 
Woman's College in Lynchburg, Va., will intern at 
Mary Baldwin for the 1976-77 academic year. A native 
of Los Angeles, Mrs. Fuller earned a master's degree 
in English from the University of Virginia. 



Foundation Awards College 
$6900 for Fall Programs 

Mary Baldwin has been notified that it will receive 
a $6900 grant from the Virginia Foundation for 
the Humanities and Public Policy for a special series 
to be held this fall. 

The proposed program, "Values Revalued: Life, 
Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness in Century 
III," is sponsored by the Mary Baldwin Bicentennial 
Committee. Chaired by Virginia R. Francisco, associate 
professor of drama, the program was formulated by 
a group of students interested in issues relating 
to government policy. 

The sbc-week fall program, consisting of a series of 
lectures, debates, discussions, and informal gatherings 
of scientists, sociologists, and humanists, will focus 
upon the three inalienable rights proposed in the 
United States Declaration of Independence, and the 
re-examination of these rights from the humanistic 
point of view. 



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News of the Faculty 



Lois Blackburn, assistant professor of physical 
education, participated in several tennis clinics this 
summer, as a panelist, instructor and workshop 
leader. 

'Techniques of Coaching Women's Tennis," was 
the topic she presented at the General Mills-Wheaties 
Women's Athletic Coaching Clinic held in cooperation 
with the President's Council on Physical Fitness and 
Sports in Arlington, Va. This clinic was especially 
designed for tennis coaches and teachers in junior 
high school, senior high school and junior colleges. 

In September, Ms. Blackburn will be a panelist and 
workshop leader for the 6th National Tennis Teachers 
Conference in New York City. 'Team Coaching: 
Organization, Team Selection, Scheduling, Conduct 
of Matches," and "Plarming Round Robins, Tennis 
Leagues, and Informal Social Tennis Events," will be 
the topics of her discussion and workshop. 

During the month of July, she headed tennis 
clinics for the Army at Ft. Eustis, Ft. Jackson, Ft. 
McClellan and Ft. Knox; and in August, Ms. 
Blackbum managed the first Virginia 21 and under 
Women's Tennis Tournament held in Suffolk, Va. 



Dr. David M. Cary, associate professor of sociology 
and Dr. James B. Patrick, professor of chemistry, were 
among sixty scholars chosen to be Lilly Scholars at 
Duke University this summer. 

The grant to the university by the Lilly Endowment 
supports a program in continuing education for the 
faculty of the small liberal arts college within a 200 
mile radius of the Duke campus. 

Faculty scholars attend a three-day summer seminar 
in one of three areas: the humanities, social sciences 
and science and are invited to return to the campus 
for three weeks during the 1976-77 academic year for 
individual research. 

Dr. Cary attended a seminar offered in the area of 
the social sciences which examined slavery in the 
old south from an interdisciplinary perspective. Dr. 
Patrick attended a science seminar on ecological and 
environmental concerns. 



Dr. Fletcher Collins, Jr., professor of dramatic arts, 
was a visiting professor for a summer seminar on 
medieval church music-drama at the Center for 
Medieval and Renaissance Studies at the Ohio State 
University, Columbus, Ohio. 

The basis for the seminar, the first of its kind to be 
taught in the United States or Europe, are two books 



Richard P. Gifford Succumbs 

Richard P. Gifford, a member of the Board of 
Trustees since 1968, and a member of the Executive 
Committee of the Board, died recently while 
vacationing in Switzerland. 

He was vice president for communication projects 
for General Electric Company in Lynchburg, Va. and 
served as vice chairman of the Presidential Search 
Committee at Mary Baldwin College. 



written by Dr. Collins on medieval church-drama. 

Choir directors and other musicians and teachers 
of medieval studies attending the seminar heard Dr. 
Collins give instruction on the production of medieval 
plays which are being made available for the first 
time in his new book, "Medieval Church Music- 
Drama: A Repertory of Complete Plays," published 
this spring by the University of Virginia Press. 

Dr. Collins' previous book, written in 1972, is "The 
Production of Medieval Church Music-Drama." 



Dr. Charlotte Hogsett, professor of French, has been 
awarded a fellowship by the National Endowment for 
the Humanities for a year's study at Yale University, 
New Haven, Conn., for the 1976-77 academic year. 

While at Yale, Dr. Hogsett will participate in a 
seminar directed by Professor Paul DeMann of the 
department of French and comparative literature on 
"The Rhetoric of Romanticism," studying the 
romantic movement in France, Germany and England. 

In addition to her participation in the seminar. 
Dr. Hogsett will pursue her own research project on 
the novels of Madame deStael, a novelist of the early 
19th century. 

Dr. Hogsett will return to Mary Baldwin for the 
1977-78 academic year. 

Juanita Greer White, a former professor of biology 
and chemistry at Mary Baldwin from 1930-1935, was 
honored recently by the University of Nevada, Las 
Vegas. The University's board of regents voted to 
rename their soon-to-be completed $5.3 million life- 
sciences building Juanita White Hall. 

A former state legislator in Nevada, Dr. White was 
cited for her work in science as a researcher and 
former professor at the university and the contributions 
she made to the development of the university while 
serving eight years on the board of regents from 
1963-1971. 

Dr. White lives in Boulder City with her husband. 
Dr. Thomas S. White. 



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BETWEEN HAM AND JAM 




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Spring Alumnae Activities 

March 3— Tallahassee, Fla. Alumnae were invited 
for dessert at the home of Nniicy McDowell Smathers 
'71 to honor the Mary Baldwin tennis team. 

March 25— Kinston, N.C. (Eastern North Carolma 
Chapter). A luncheon was held at the Kinston Country 
Club hosted by Poin Walker Floumoy '62. Pe;^gy 
Maddex Barnes '67 of Greenville is area cookbook 
chairman. 

April 3— Arlington, Va. (Northern Virginia Chapter). 
Glciuia Norris George '66, vice president for chapter 
activities, was in charge of arrangements for a coffee 
at the Trinity Presbyterian Church. Northern Virginia 
cookbook chairman is Otey Hayward Swoboda '61. 

April 7— Baltimore, Md. A chapter coffee was held 
in the home of Neilson Peirce Andrews '62. Virginia 
Warner Munce '47, Director of Alumnae Activities, was 
the guest from Mary Baldwin. Baltimore cookbook 
chairman is Weslie Funkhonser Womom '70. 

April 10- Norfolk, Va. (Tidewater Chapter). 

Alumnae met for a luncheon at the new Omni Inter- 
national Hotel, janis Krebs Smith '70, chapter chairman 
and cookbook chairman, was in charge of arrangements. 

April 10— Wilmington, Del. The annual spring 
luncheon took place at the home of jane Shortell Nelson 
'71, chapter president and cookbook chairman. 
Cookbook plans and the annual geranium sale 
sponsored by the chapter were discussed. 

April 11 — Blacksburg, Va. A "What's Cooking" 
gathering was held at the home of Mary Ellen Cranwell 
Deemer '57 who is a member of the national cookbook 
committee. 

April 22— Charlottesville, Va. Jeanne Haley Roberts 
'47 directed arrangements for a luncheon held at the 
home of Man/ Caperton Armistead Bear '47 on 
Monticello mountain. Present from the college were 




1st row: 1 to r: Mary Caperton Armistead Bear '47, Virginia 
Warner Munce '47. Back row 1 to r: Kathryn A. McCain, of 
Columbia, S.C., student govenmient president, and 
Jearme Haley Roberts, '47. 



Virginia Munce and Kathy McCain '77, student 
government association president and daughter of 
Ami Rawl McCain '51. Katharine Scoft Jones Gilliam '63 
is cookbook chairman. 

April 24 — Appomattox, Va. (Southside Virginia 
Chapter). Alumnae of the Southside area gathered for 
coffee at the home of chapter president, Ruth Hawkins 
Webb '43, before their annual luncheon. Virginia 
Munce was the guest from Mary Baldwin. Cookbook 
chairman for the area is Patty Tipton Pugh '55. 

April 29— Dallas, Tex. (Mary Tapscott Paxton 
Chapter). The home of Amie Ponder Dickson '61 was 
the scene of the annual spring meeting which was a 
"tasting bee" luncheon. ]oan Vetten Hall '67 is cookbook 
chairmcin and was also elected president of the chapter 
at this meeting. 

April 30— Augusta, Ga. Recipes were collected at a 
coffee at the home of Minta McDmnnid Nixon '63 who 
is serving as cookbook chairman for the area. 

May 5 — Montgomery, Ala. Frances Tullis '45, area 
cookbook chaimian, entertained at a coffee at her 
home. 

May 12— Charlotte, N.C. Alumnae gathered at the 
home of Harriet Bangle Bamhardt '50 for a tasting 
luncheon. ]oan Keeley Lam '49 is serving as cookbook 
chairman. 

May 19— Mobile, Ala. Susan Richards Jones '65 was 
hostess for a morning coffee at her home. Virginia 
Taylor Otts '67 is Mobile cookbook chairman. 

May 20— Columbia, S.C. Sandra Grizzard Grier '67, 
who is cookbook chairman for the area, entertained 
at an afternoon sherry party. 

June 3— Allentown, Penn. Anne Markley Harrity '51 
was hostess for a luncheon at which Virginia 
Munce and Roy K. Patteson, vice president for 
development, were guests from the college. Betty 
Buel Winn '33 is serving as cookbook chairman for the 
Allentown-Bethlehem area. 

June 15- McLean, Va. (Northern Virginia Chapter). 
Members, husbands, and dates gathered for the annual 
chapter picnic at the home of Martha Kline Chaplin '51. 

The collection of recipes by mail or phone is under- 
way in the following localities: Birmingham, Ala., 
Donna Dearman Smith '70, chairman; Jacksonville, Fla., 
Mimi Von Glahn Bonstelle '64, chairman; Lexington, 
Ky., "Frankie" W/7/rtrd Daniel '60, chairman; Pittsburgh, 
Perm., Anne Emmert '69, chairman; Austin, Tex., Mary 
Paxton '55, chairman; Ft. Worth, Tex., Patricia Mann 
Burr '52, chairman; Newport News, Va., Nina West 
Guy '66, chairman; Petersburg, Va., Barbara Freeman 
Ragsdale '67, chairman; Winchester, Va., Kate Gladden 
Schultz '71, chairman. 



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News from the Classes 



1908 

LOUISE PRIDDIE Donovan, New Rochelle, NY.: "I am proud to 
have my granddaughter, also named Louise Priddie Donovan, 
attending Mary Baldvirin and being on the Honors list." 

1912 

SARAH CALDWELL Butler, Roanoke, Va.: "I fell and broke my 
shoulder on March 17." 

1915 

DOROTHY CRAWTORD Rogers, Burlingame, Calif.: "I received 
a first aufard in a juried show of art in January. I am on the Board of 
the Peninsula Art Association." 

1916 

JEWEL MEARS Upshur, Eastville, Va.: "My granddaughter, 
Susie Upshur, graduated from MBC May 16 and I am very proud of 
her, as MBC is my dear old alma mater, also." 

1917 

MILDRED SEARSON Goeller, Roanoke, Va.: "My husband and I 
returned from a five-month vacation in Miami, Florida, on April 1. 
We are glad to be home in Friendship Manor in Roanoke for the 
summer months. I am pleased that my genealogy book. The Steclcs of 
Steelfs Tavern, Virginia and Related Families, continues to draw 
favorable comment from relatives in many states. Our oldest 
grandson is a freshman at the University of Virginia." 

1920 

MILDRED GARDINOR Prunaret, Natick, Mass.: "1 am a trustee 
of the Animal Rescue League of Boston; a trustee of the Francis 
Ouimet Caddy Scholarship; and an honorary member of the Irish 
Masters of Hounds." 

1921 

LIBB HUGGINS Barham, Murfreesboro, Tenn.: "My husband 
retired at the end of '75. We are both well and have celebrated our 
50th wedding anniversary." 

1923 

DOUGLAS SUMMERS Brown, Emporia, Va.: "Friends held a 
reception for us on June 13, 1976. celebrating the anniversary of our 
50th wedding day!" 

1924 

EDWYNNE HEREFORD, Albuquerque, N. Mex,: "Our Y.W.C.A. 
here conducts marvelous tours several times a year and I love to go 
on them whenever I can, usually two or three a year." 

RUTH MOWERY Evans, Santa Barbara, Calif.: "My husband 
passed away in December, 1973. 1 spend my time playing golf and 
traveling around the world." 

1925 

SUSAN HERRIOTT Rozelle, Pahokee, Fla.: "This is the 20th year 
that I have served as a volunteer with the Palm Beach Chapter of the 
American Red Cross in the Service to Military Families Division. 
My three sons, Frank, George, and Jim, are pursuing careers with the 
First National Bank in Atlanta, Monsanto Chemical, and T.R.W. 
(Calif,), respectively. I reside six months in South Florida and six 
months in the North Carolina mountains." 

1927 

KATHARINE A. SEE, Floyd, Va : "For the past year and a half 1 
have spent most of my time with my father. At 97 he is the oldest 
alumnus of A.M. A., Hampden-Sydney, and Union Theological 
Seminary. Together we have put in a good-sized garden." 

1928 

ELSIE CARLETON Olsson, Coral Gables, Fla.; "My daughter, 
Elsie Carleton Lawton, has been home on vacation from Bern, 
Switzerland, where she is with the U. S. Department of State. In 
February, my husband. Dr. Axel Olsson, and I enjoyed several weeks 
in Costa Rica." 








Alumnae, faculty, and staff enjoyed a cocktail buffet in 
Hunt Dining Hall during Alumnae Homecoming Weekend 
this spring. 

1929 

CATHARINE CRAFTON Fenne, Blacksburg, Va.: "My husband 
has been m a wheelchair for 20 years because of M.S., but we are 
still able to enjoy all sports events taking place on the Virginia Tech 
campus. We also make an annual cruise to the Caribbean." 

1930 

VIRGINL\ DICKERSON Francisco, Staunton, Va.: "My son and 
his wife, Ginny, live with me on our farm near Staunton. I am busy 
with church and volunteer work." 

MINNIE LEE MAHONY Ginther, Houston, Texas: "All are fine. 
We have 11 grandchildren. (I have four healthy and apparently 
prolific children!)" 

MILDRED BAGLEY Garden, Kenbridge, Va.: "My husband died 
of cancer in May. One daughter lives in Raleigh, N.C., the other in 
Morristown, N.J. Both are married and I have three grandchildren. 
B. LEWIS, MARY AGNES GRANT, and 1 had lunch with ELY 
BAKER Arey this summer— MBC was the topic!" 

1932 

KATHRYN MILLER Wood, Chesapeake, Va.: "My husband 
retired in July, 1975. We returned to the U.S.A. after spending five 
delightful years in Germany. We toured in 22 countries during our 
stay — visiting some more than once." 

1933 

SARA GEORGE HARRIS Hanger, Staunton, Va.: "I retired after 
24 years of teaching. It's a great life doing the things I've always 
wanted to do— but couldn't. Grandchildren take priority!" 

VIRGINL\ MANSON Wood, Daytona Beach, Fla.: "We look 
forward to a visit this summer with our daughter, husband, and 
three grandchildren, including a new granddaughter. They live in 
California— much too far away. Bill and I really love living in 
Daytona Beach!" 

1934 

GRACE CROWE Bobo, Mt. Holly, N.J.: "My first grandchild, 
Douglass Rodger Sillars, was bom in November in Cleveland 
Heights to daughter, Susan." 

MARY BORDEN WALLACE Lee, Charleston, S.C: "I am assistant 
organist at St. Mary's Church. I have two sons: Larry — a lawyer in 
Atlanta and James— a doctor in Tampa. 1 have a new granddaughter 
and one grandson. My husband is professor of history at The 
Citadel." 

1935 

NELLIE HANKINS Schmidt, Savannah, Ga.: "1 regretted that 1 
could not attend my 40th reunion in May. Our son, Peter, was 
married at Christmas and they are living in Athens, Greece." 

DOROTHY BELCH Hughes, Newport News, Va.: "I had three 
grandchildren graduating from high school this spring, thus I was 
unable to attend our 40th reunion." 

MARY BESS FITZHUGH Oliff, Oxon Hill, Md.: "I have a 
daughter and a son and one grandson. My husband and I are 
looking forward to retirement next year." 



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Alumna Receives Algernon 
Sydney Sullivan Award 

Jane Frances Smith '37 of Alexandria, Va., was 
awarded the Algernon Sydney Sullivan medallion for 
outstanding character and service during Mary Baldwin 
commencement exercises May 15. 

The Sullivan medallions are awarded annually to a 
student and a non-student and are given jointly by 
Mary Baldwin and the New York Southern Society 
which established the award in 1925 to memorialize 
A. S. Sullivan, a noted lawyer and philanthropist. 

Miss Smith is the director of the Civil Archives Divi- 
sion of the National Archives and Records Service in 
Washington, D. C. She has served the college as a 
member of the alumnae board of directors and has 
honored her parents with a scholarship that bears their 
names, the Emma O Mara and Starke Baken Smith 
Scholarship, which will assist local students in gaining 
higher education. In 1974, she established a lectureship 
in history, the Carroll Lectures, in honor of Dr. Mary 




Swan Carroll of Staunton, professor emeritus of 
history at Mary Baldwin College. 

Miss Smith is a fellow of the Society of American 
Archivists, has directed a national conference on 
historical research on Indian-white relations, and is 
co-editor of the conference papers. 



DOROTHY HOOGE King, Richmond, Va.: "I am still at the same 
address. I do church work, Woman's Club work and I travel at least 
once a year. 1 have four grandchildren, ages 11 through 14." 

RACHEL HENDERLITE, Austin, Texas: "Sorry I couldn't be with 
you for the reunion, but I was in Venice representing the World 
Alliance of Reformed Churches in a tri-lateral conversation with 
Lutherans and Roman Catholics. I retired four years ago from 
Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary (Texas), but still teach 
one course in Christian Education. 1 am a representative of our 
church to the Consultation on Church Union and am presently 
serving on the executive committee." 

1937 

EDYTHE ALPHIN Moseley, Blacksburg, Va.: "The Lord has 
blessed us with another darling granddaughter bom October 1, 1975 
to our son and his wife. Our daughter's little girl is now two and 
how fortunate we are to have both here in Blacksburg." 

VIRGINL\ GANTT Kendig, Roanoke, Va.: "As 1 was class 
president of the Class of 1937 and on the Alumnae Board for three 
years, I am sorry that the Class of 1937 hardly has any news in the 
MBC magazine. My husband just retired as President of Roanoke 
College (1963-1975), so we are re-adjusting." 

1938 

SARAH LACY Miller, Hinton, Va.: "Next year all three of our 
children will be at U. of Va. — two sons are in the School of 
Engineering and our daughter has been accepted in the School 
of Architecture." 

1939 

JEAN YOUNG Moore, Staunton, Va.: "I am working part-time as 
a hostess and guide at the Woodrow Wilson Birthplace. I recently 
visited daughter Carolyn and her husband in Dallas. 

MARY ANNE WILSON Gibbs, St. Albans, W.Va.: "I am a 
grandmother for the fourth time, courtesy of son Ray whose 
daughter, Elizabeth Anne, was bom on November 1, 1975. 1 helped 
provide living quarters for an interim pastor for a short period." 

ANITA MALUGANI, Oradell, N.J.: "I am retiring this June (1976) 
after 36 years of teaching. I plan to enjoy my retirement — to do what 
I want to do when I want to." 

HAZEL ASTIN Buchanan, San Antonio, Texas: "1 am currently 
serving as President of the United Methodist Women at Laurel 
Heights United Methodist Church." 

MARCLA GOOCH Johnston, Roanoke, Va.: "Our daughter, 
Loulie ('66), gave us a granddaughter, Lynn Metzger, last April. We 
are still civic minded and active. Our trip to Scandinavia and Russia 
was most interesting, but no place that we've been is as near 
perfect as the U.S.A., even with its troubles." 

BETTY BOYD Caskey, Honolulu, Hawaii: "1 had major surgery in 
November, but am fully recovered. My job with the Honolulu-Pacific 



Federal Executive Board as executive assistant is fascinating. I 
traveled to Washington, D. C, last June and visited New York this 
May. Still love Hawaii!" 

1940 

MARJORIE TOBIN Burke, Woodstock, NY.; "Our sons are 
growing up! Paul, a graduate of M.I.T., lives in Boston; Larry attends 
N.Y.U.; Brian the University of Chicago; and Jim is going to Antioch 
in September." 

ALICE JONES Thompson, Richmond, Va.: "I will be President of 
the Women of the Church next year and am on the board of Stillman 
College. My daughter is married and lives in Suffolk, Virginia. 
My son is a lawyer in Richmond." 

1941 

MARY HENDERSON McCauIey, Versailles, Ky.: "My husband 
retired in July. We have two granddaughters. Our youngest daughter 
is a junior at North Carolina State University. 1 stay busy with civic 
and church work." 

1942 

CISSIE NORTON Brushwood, Lawrence, Kans.: "Stubbs and 1 
plan research on a new project in Mexico this summer. Wonderful 
place to combine business and pleasure!" 

MARL\N HORNSBY Bowditch, Yorktown, Va.: "Two new 
grandchildren on one day— Willits, 111 and Sherwood. Working on 
arts committee for the Bicentennial in York County. Had pneumonia 
over Christmas — slowed me down to a crawl, but am slowly 
regaining speed." 

ANNE HAYES Brewer, Greensboro, N.C.: "Our oldest son, Paul, 
and wife now have two girls and a boy. Our middle son married in 
December and our youngest son is a junior at the University of 
North Carolina in Chapel Hill." 

1943 

GRATIA KAYNOR Deane, Fayetteville, N.Y.: "1 am a substitute 
teacher (Miss Six Pence School). It's fun being one of the few 
Democrats in this area." 

1944 

PEG CREEL Miniclier, Longwood, Fla,: "Our second son, Gordon, 
is a second year dental student at M.C.V. John and 1 spent four 
months in Europe this year."" 

1945 

HELEN FRANCES (Cookie) COOK McQuillen, Houston, Texas: 
"Very happy in Houston! Met with the alumnae group recently 
when Vice President Roy Patteson was in town."' 

JULL\ PANCAKE Rankin, Mt. Holly, N.C.: "Daughter, Julie, 
graduated from college and is now working in Birmingham, Alabama. 



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Daughter, Kitty, is at the University of Georgia. Son, Richard, is in 
pre-med school at U.Va." 

CARMEN HAYES Anderson, Texas City, Texas: "My husband, 
son, and I visited Spain and Morocco last fall. It was a wonderful 
trip. A highlight was visiting Toledo and seeing the El Greco 
paintings 1 learned to love in Elizabeth Day's art history class 
atMBC." 

BETTY (Butch) NEISLER Timberlake, Lake Waccainaw, N.C.: 
"Buck recently was elected Deacon of Lake Waccamaw Presbyterian 
Church. 1 am chairman of the Lake Waccamaw Bicentennial Com- 
mittee. We're hosting our big July 4 celebration for the county." 

MARY TOMPKINS McManus, Brownsville, Texas: "Our daughter, 
Ruth, graduated from Agnes Scott College in June. 1 had hoped that 
she would choose MBC, but the city of Atlanta had much appeal." 

MARGARET EARLE Baker, Bronxville, N.Y.: "Son, Jeffrey, a 
graduate in electrical engineering from Lafayette College, 1975, is 
now working as an engmeer and "deejay" at a local radio station. 
Daughter, Nancy, is a junior at Cortland State University, N.Y., 
presently doing student teaching in physical education in a nearby 
community. Younger daughter, Susan, is an active high school 
sophomore. I am still teaching fourth grade and enjoy a game of 
golf when time permits." 

1946 

ANN McCRAY Sherman, Bradenton, Fla.: "We have bought an 
older home which we are renovating. We briefly tried condominium 
living, but didn't like it." 

JANE PROFITT Pruett, San Diego, Calif.: "Daughter, Sally, 
graduated this May from Vanderbilt. SUSAN PRUETT '72 is 
married and moving to Charleston, S.C., where her husband is 
taking medical training." 

JOYCE CRAIG Butterworth, Birmingham, Ala.: "Chuck, our 
oldest, and his wife live in Auburn. Our youngest, Craig, was 
married recently and goes to Auburn University." 

EMILY REESE Smith, Charlottesville, Va.: "My daughter, 
TARINA SMITH '71, married Bernard Esclapez in January, 1974. She 
lives in Paris, France. Our second oldest daughter lives in 
Charlottesville and works as a secretary and our son graduates this 
June from Ffampden-Sydney. Youngest daughter, Betty, is in her 
second year at Mary Washington College. 1 work as a volunteer with 
U. Va. Hospital Auxiliary which I enjoy." 

JEAN DINKINS Thomason, Charlotte, N.C.: "Our two sons are 
grown, but still going to school! One is in medical school at U. N.C. 
— Chapel Hill. The other is working on his master's at N.C. State 
in Raleigh." 

CHARLOTTE TILLEY Sorrell, Durham, N.C: "Daughter Carlene 
graduated from MBC in May; daughter CAROL SORRELL 
Strawbridge ('72) lives in Lubbock, Texas. She has a dear little 
brown-eyed girl a year old." 

1947 

HARRIETTE CLARKE Thome, Darien, Conn.: "Husband Bill is 
busy with golf and greenhouse and as representative of our district 
in town government. Daughter, Barb, who served in the Peace 
Corps, is home and will be getting married. Oldest son, Billy, is still 
skiing his way through the University of Vermont majoring in 
business. Young Charlie (10) is now a Boy Scout and catcher on the 
Little League team. My 'Sweet Adeline' chapter won first place 
among 22 choruses and will compete in Cincinnati in '76 and 
London, England in '77." 

ELIZABETH DUNN Barnes, Corapeake, N.C: "I'm stiU teaching 
piano lessons. 1 had an exciting Christmas, as our daughter, 
Barbara, was married December 28, 1975. She graduated from 
Greensboro College in May and teaches first grade now." 

MARIANNA JAMISON Leach, Leesburg, Va.: "Daughter, Mary 
Hunter, is a junior at MBC on the consortium program at W&L. Our 
son graduates from high school this spring. I chaperoned a group 
of high school seniors to England over April." 

MARY JANE WRIGHT McCandless, Chevy Chase, Md.: "I was 
awarded an MA. in secondary' school counseling in December at 
the University of Maryland. I'm still undecided how to use it." 

1948 

MAR'THA GODWIN Saunders, Suffolk, Va.: "We built and moved 
into a new home in March. Son, Whitney, is in Law School, 
University of Virginia; son, Sandy, finishes at North Carolina 
Wesleyan College in May." 

ELIZABETH BLANCHARD Wilgus, Rocky Mount, N C: "Shelley 
has graduated; Gay is in U. N.C -Greensboro graduate school. 
Walter is in U. N.C. — Greensboro as a freshman. Alexander is a high 
school senior." 

DORIS CLEMENT Kreger, Roanoke, Va.: "My son. Trip, 
graduated from Hampden-Sydney College in May. My daughter, 
Lynne, is a freshman at Mary Baldwin." 



BETSY BERRY Williamson, Richmond, Va.: "My husband and 
three sons spent Christmas in Kantersteg, Switzerland. I visited my 
son. Rick, in Pensacola, Florida, in March where he is a jet pilot 
Navy instructor." 

1949 

ELIZABETH USHER Laffitte, Estill, S.C: "Our children are 
grown. The older son, Monty, is married and working hard in his 
third year at the Medical University of South Carolina. Our second 
son. Sterling, is a senior at The Citadel. Our daughter, Liz, is a high 
school junior and an avid basketball player." 

JOAN MOORE Woltz, Mt. Airy, N.C: "1 have a married daughter 
who graduated from Duke University in 1974. Number two daughter 
graduated from U. N.C. -Chapel Hill this spring. Number one son 
is a rising junior at U. N.C. - Chapel Hill and number two son 
graduates this June and will attend U. N.C. -Chapel Hill in 
the fall." 

1950 

ADRIANE HEIM Lyman, Bemardsville, N.J.: ""Our youngest 
graduates from Wellesley this May and our oldest receives her 
master's from Cornell at the same time. Van's and my latest 
acquisition is a little greenhouse." 

1951 

BETTY WHITE Talley, Petersburg, Va.: ""William H. Talley, IV, 21, 
will be a first classman at V.M.I, in August. Lisa, 19, is a sophomore 
at Lynchburg College. Betsy, 18, will be a freshman at Randolph- 
Macon Woman's College in September. Melvin, 16, will be a junior 
at Petersburg High School in September. Katie, 9, will be a fourth 
grade student in September." 

SALLY COX Lee, Orlando, Fla.: "Daughter, Sally, finishes her 
freshman year at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 
Son, "Smith" graduates from high school. Daughters, Evelyn and 
Susanna, are finishing eighth and fifth grades." 

MARY LUTZ Grantham, Honolulu, Hawaii: "Twins, Dianne and 
Ned, graduate from Punahou in May. Dianne will be attending 
Stanford and Ned will go to Harvard. My husband will retire from 
the Navy in June and we"ll be leaving Hawaii and returning to 
New Mexico." 

BETTY FEMK Schilling, Bloomington, Ind.: "Dear Class of '51- 
My intentions were good, but I was needed at home the weekend of 
our 25th reunion. I was disappointed, but how many times does a 
mother get to watch her daughter belly-dance in her high school 
musical? 

My daughter, Kathy, received her degree from Michigan State in 
Home Economics. Her husband is a veterinarian. Their greatest 
achievement is a son, Jeff, out grandson! Our son. Rich, 20, a junior 
at Indiana University, is in pre-med; Nancy is 16 years old. 

We still have our cottage at Glen Lake, Michigan, sneak a week at 
Snowmass, Colorado, and another week in Naples, Florida. My time 
is given to the Bible Study Fellowship, P.E.O., and the 
Medical Auxiliary." 

BARBARA CONLON Miescher, Terre Haute, Ind.: "My daughter 
is in her second year at Indiana University, studying biological 
sciences, doing very well and is very happy." 

ELIZABETH HARWOOD Copland, Charles City, Va.: "Oldest son. 
Rusty, is at V.P.I. Next oldest will go to college in the fall."" 

BETTY BRINCKERHOFF Thomas, Richmond, Va.: "Daughter, 
Susan, graduated from MBC in May. She has been president of Beta 
Beta Beta and has been elected to Phi Beta Kappa. We're very proud." 

CAROLYN PLEASANTS Eden, Montgomery, Ala.: "Tom and 1 
have our three in college. Tommy graduates this June from Auburn; 
Steve and Eve are at the Auburn University Branch in Montgomery. 
Tom is executive vice president of Alabama Textile Manufacturers 
Association; I'm secretary at the Soil Conservation of USDA area 
office located in Montgomery." 

SHIRLEY JOHNSON Bowman, Anderson, S.C: "Number five 
and six grandchildren are twin boys — a first for our family.'" 

LORRAINE BRUBECK Dalby, Wayne, Pa.: ""Busy teaching second 
graders. Daughter in junior year at Pennsylvania State University. 
Son is a junior at Radnor High." 

MARY LOU CHRISTIE Schroeder, Greenwich, Conn.: "Our 
oldest daughter, Martha, graduated from Gettysburg College in 
June of last year and in July was married to a medical student. 
Nancy, our second, is a sophomore at the University of Richmond 
and Diane will enter college in the fall, leaving only Pam at home. 
I'm still superintendent of the Sunday School." 

CHARLOTTE JACKSON Lunsford, Asheville, N.C : "I am 
involved in Quality '76 (Bicentennial Commission for Asheville- 
Buncombe County). I was elected first woman on Wachovia Bank 
Board of Directors and am a new member of the Mary Baldwin 
Board of Trustees." 




Outgoing president of the Mary Baldwin Alumnae 
Association (1) Emily Wirsing Kelly '63, of Roanoke, and new 
president, Mary Lament Wade (r) '52 of Richmond, chat 
during the luncheon held in Hunt Dining Hall during the 
Alumnae Homecoming Weekend. 

ANN RAWL McCain, Columbia, S.C; "Our lives seem so busy . . . 
for which I am really grateful! We have a son, Rich, who graduated 
from Washington and Lee and is now in med school. Our daughter, 
Kathy, is a junior at Mary Baldwin and president of the student 
government, Pani is a high school junior. Spruce is on the MBC 
Advisory Board of Visitors and I help with admissions. BETTY 
ANNE WILLIAMS Bradford, LECH PASCHAL Mason, JOAN 
JAMES Chamblin, PEGGY HEDRICK Weston, ANITA THEE 
Graham, and ANNE LOUISE PRESSLEY Blencowe all live in the 
same neighborhood here in Columbia." 

POLLY SILLING Simmons, Broadway, Va., has been chosen one 
of two outstanding reading teachers in the state by the Virginia 
State Reading Association. Polly developed the "Parent Power" 
program at Linville-Edom Elementary School, the goal of which was 
"to efficiently arrange instruction to allow each student to reach his 
or her potential while developing a joy of reading." 

1952 

JANET RUSSELL Steelman, Ottsville, Pa.: "Had a nice visit with 
JAN MITCHELL Harper. Her husband works for McNeil Labs. 
They saw the write-up in the MBC alumnae news and contacted 
me." 

MARGARET McLAUGHLIN Grove, Charlottesville, Va.: "I am 
development secretary at St. Anne's-Belfield School and enjoy 
having a 'career' again." 

PAT MACON Lyon, Mobile Ala.: "Loved being a chaperone for 
29 girls from Julius T. Wright's Girls' School in Mobile on a tour to 
MBC— my first visit back in 20 years! I was so impressed and proud 
of the many beautiful changes!" 

1954 

JEANNE TAYLOR Block, Remsenburg, NY.: "Working on a 
second annual Options for Women Seminar; president of East End, 
National Organization of Women; completing a thesis project for 
M.S. in Elementary Education at Southampton College; working on 
a parent organization for gifted and talented students." 

1956 

SALLY LANDER Edwards, Corpus Christi, Texas: "My daughter, 
Libby, is now a sophomore at MBC and plans to graduate with a 
pre-law degree in the footsteps of her father! Bill and I live 20 
minutes from dov^ntown on five acres with stables, horses, cats, 
dogs, geese, etc. I hope to start work on my master's degree 
this fall." 

DUTCHIE MILLIGAN Williams, Matthews, N.C.: "I have a son 
(Ward) attending Woodberry Forest in Virginia. He'll be a senior 
next year." 

1957 

BETSEY TOWLER Robson, Summit, N.J.: "My son. Ken, III, 
will be entering Washington and Lee as a freshman in September." 

1958 

JO BEARD Brooke, Jacksonville, iFla.: "I received an MA. degree 
in Counseling Psychology from the University of North Florida in 
August, 1975. I am now working as an administrative assistant in 
the Enrichment and Skills Center at U.N.F. in Jacksonville. I am also 
busy with two daughters, Robin, 14, and Anne, 11. I am an avid 
soaring pilot, having received my private pilot's rating in gliders 
several years ago and am the only woman member of our local 
soaring club." 



1959 

SALLY GRAHAM Murphy, Frederick, Md.: "I am somehow 
surviving with three teenagers at home. We built a new home last 
year, a reproduction of a Williamsburg house and which was built 
to accommodate our antique furniture. We are in the country and 
love it!" 

ANN SINGLETARY Bass, Philadelphia, Pa.: "We are presently in 
Cambridge, England, but in September will be settling in Bryan, 
Texas. My husband's archaeological institute is affiliating with 
Texas A&M University." 

1961 

ELLEN VENABLE Poteet, Matthews, N.C.: "The second genera- 
tion in my family is already at MBC — my cousin, Ellen Howe, a 
freshman from Wabash, Arkansas." 

MAY WELLS JONES, New Orleans, La.: "I am teaching in the 
Drama and Communications Department at the University of New 
Orleans. The Bicentennial film, 'Galvez', which I wrote, will be 
shown April 23-25th." 

ANNE PONDER Dickson, Dallas, Texas: "Stephanie, 11, and 
Robbie, 7, are active in sports, namely tennis, soccer, and Softball. 
Our biggest challenge — working for smooth transition in the Dallas 
schools which are under a court order." 

BLAIR KELSEY Bickford, Norfolk, Va.: "Sorry to miss the 
reunion. Norfolk Academy's Field day (our three guys' school) was 
May 1 — a huge money raiser with lots of activities and, as parents, 
our participation was a must. Our Christopher was Thomas 
Jefferson in the play!" 

KAY HUNDLEY Fisher, Bronxville, N.Y., was selected by the six 
Junior Leagues of Westchester County as their candidate for the 
National Volunteer Awards of 1975. Her nomination was for her 
work in founding the Children's Receiving House of Westchester 
County — a facility for the short-term care of non-delinquent, 
neglected, abused, or abandoned children. 

1962 

HARRIET HOPE Howard, Tucson, Ariz.: "Jim is a superior court 
judge for a year." 

ELIZABETH DICKERSON Brown, Southfield, Mich.: "My 
husband and I moved from Gainesville, Florida, in early December, 
1975. My husband is working in audiology at Ford Hospital in 
Detroit." 

FRANCES WENTZ Gibbs, Femandina, Fla.: "We have a 
beautiful new home. I have my Florida real estate license and am 
active with that and my AmWay business. Elizabeth is a talented 
fourth-grader and Francis is the three-year-old clown in the family. 
We are all healthy and happy and would love to have MBC friends 
visit us." 

SALLY HELTZEL Pearsall, Mobile, Ala.: "My husband has a new 
job which has sent him to France. I hope to join him next time! I 
sang in my first opera 'Susannah' by Carlisle Floyd, who directed it 
here." 

1963 

MARY ELLEN SMITH MacKenzie, Atlanta, Ga.: "I'm 
completing work on my master's degree in library science at 
U.N.C.-ChapelHill." 

VIRGINL\ STOTT Ward, Montoursville, Pa.: "Bill is still an 
administrator with the Williamsport Area Community College. We 
enjoy photography as a hobby. The Boys, Billy (8) and Mike (6) are 
growing like weeds. 1 am busy conducting story hours, church 
activities, and snapping pictures." 

SALLY LIVINGSTON Brown, Charleston, W. Va.: "We have 
moved due to a promotion for Lee. He is now an area supervisor 
for the Dupont plant at Belle, West Virginia, and we live in 
Charleston." 

KEENE ROADMAN Martin, Annandale, Va.: "I am busily 
engaged as a Brownie leader, etc. I see PEGGY ENGLE Trumbo 
often. We are enjoying all the Bicentennial affairs in the D. C. area." 

JUDITH THOMPSON Hatcher, Toronto, Ontano, Canada: "Our 
life is full now with our increasingly active boys: Beau, 9, Stuart, 7, 
and Ben, 2. I am currently involved in working with primary school 
children who have difficulties with poorly developed muscle 
coordination. I think so often of Mary Baldwin and long to return. 
Surely I can do it before my 15th reunion!" 

ANN DELK, Kensington, Calif.: "I am continuing with bio- 
chemical research at the University of California in Berkeley, 
recently receiving a grant from the cystic fibrosis foundation; keep 
busy with house and car maintenance and repair and a postage 
stamp garden; have added cross country skiing and snow camping 
to winter sports interests." 

SUE JORDAN Rodarte, Rochester, Minn.: "My husband, Joe, is 
on the staff at the Mayo Clinic. We have a four-year-old daughter. 



Bettina. I own and operate a small woman's clothing store. It is very 
challenging and rewarding." 

SUSAN SALE Luck, Sevema Park, Md.: "1 was ordained Elder in 
our 1,700 member church. Sallie, 8, and Ann Ferrell, 5, keep me 
busy. Jim is a supervisor at Westinghouse." 

From the Coker College News: "MARTHA SINGLETARY 
Marks, Laurinburg, N.C., is special lecturer in anthropology at 
Coker College tor the spring quarter. Mrs. Marks, wife of Stuart A. 
Marks, is currently teaching a course in Parent Effectiveness 
Training, sponsored by Robeson Technical Institute and is a teacher 
at the Trinity Presbyterian Church Sunday School, where she is also 
a part-time assistant with Tot Co-op, a pre-school program. She 
helped to organize and is an active member of the Scotland County 
League of Women Voters." 

1964 

JULIA CARRINGTON Bemis, Asheville, N.C.: "Teaching MLT 
program at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Institute. Both girls are 
in school now. 1 would love to see anyone coming our way— the 
Asheville area can offer an excellent vacation!" 

FRANCES 'Penny' ABBITT Quarrier, Charlotte Court House, Va.: 
"A beautiful baby boy was bom to us on September 19, 1975. 
Sadie is five and in kindergarten. Dave and a friend have planted 
their own vineyards and are in the process of establishing a wine 
company in a bam on our farm." 

KAY CARTMELL Ferrell, Memphis, Tenn.: "I have returned to 
teaching after a five year break'. Our daughter is five. My husband 
is in plastic surgery residency — finishing December, 1977." 

NANCY NELSON Spencer, Wayland, Mass.: "Our new daughter, 
Anne, is now a happy one year oU and she is well taken care of by 
her sisters, Jennifer, 7, and Meg, 5. We have now become tme New 
Englanders with the addition of a cottage on a lake in Vermont. Dave 
designed it and is doing the finishing-work on it — a project which 
will take a few years!" 

SARAH BRENNAN Freeman, Longwood, Fla.: "Doug is six years 
old and Mary Evelyn is four years. Mallory is a sales trainer for 
Qwip Systems, a division of Exxon. I'm going to graduate school at 
Rollins, working on my M.A.T. We love Florida." 

From a clipping from the La Gaceta, Tucuman, Argentina, the 
following about OLGA EUGENIA FLORES FRANCO has been 
received: "For her novel, 'La casa de los cerros', the Tucumana 
writer, OLGA EUGENIA FLORES FRANCO received the second 
prize in the 'Robin Hood' contest of novels for adolescents 
sponsoreci by Acme Publishing House. Professor Flores Franco 
graduated from the National University of Tucuman specializing in 
English and was a scholarship student of the International 
Institute of Education, studying literary criticism. She received her 
M.A. in English at the University of Connecticut. She has published 
works of poetry and criticism in the magazine Humanitas and is 
a collaborator on the literary section of La Gacetn." 

1965 

MARGARET HOGENAUER McCormick, Lake Orion, Mich.: 
"Busy with two children, Damon, 4, and Tara, 1." 

VIRGINIA CHAPMAN Cobb, Little Rock, Ark.: "I am working 
on a juvenile justice code with the Little Rock Junior League and 
mostly working with S. C.A.N, as a lay therapist (suspected child 
abuse and neglect). Billy is six and Cynthia is five. Jim is vice 
president of Commercial National Bank." 

JUDY ROY, San Francisco, Calif.: "Working as a systems analyst 
for a San Francisco area newspaper. Still love San Francisco." 

MARIAN GORDIN Lord, Atlanta, Ga.: "I continue as editor for 
the Southem Association of Colleges and Schools. My husband, 
Gerald, is in the Ph.D. program at Emory in Religion (Social 
Ethics)." 

SUSAN BROWNE Webb, Clearwater, Fla.: "We have begun our 
eighth year in Florida. My husband, Fred, is pastor of Faith 
Presbyterian Church. Our children are Robyn, 4, and Wil, 6. 1 am 
active in the Junior League and other community organizations." 

ELIZABETH BROWN Peery, Asheville, N.C.: "Since September, 
1975, 1 have been working part-time as a teacher-trainer for 
Buncombe County Child Development. I am really enjoying it." 

MINERVA THOMPSON Nolte, FPO San Francisco, Calif.: "In 
preparation for the Boards in Immunology and Allergy, I thought it 
best to stay in related research. I was lucky to find a colleague 
working on a native disease immunologically, so I applied to 
interested foundations for support in a study. 1 began working 
right away, while waiting for a response, as a guest worker for 
NINCDS (branch of N.I.H. in Bethesda) who fund my colleague's 
study." 

KAY EARLY Roper, Norfolk, Va.: "1 am teaching math at Norfolk 
Collegiate School and have just moved into a new house. I am 
working on the Phillips-Thomas city council campaign and am a 
member of the Azalea King's Daughters' Circle." 



fln fliumnae Cruise on 




the S.S. Rotterdam 

January 4-16, 1977 
from Norfolk, Virginia 

Famous for the popularity of her Noifolk sailings, the 
s.s. Rotterdam flagship of Holland America Cmises, is a 
large luxurious ship. She features gourmet meals, pro- 
fessional entertainment, movies, swimming, dancing, and 
a variety of specialized activities. Optional shore excur- 
sions are carefully planned. All family and friends of 
alumnae are welcome aboard. Other alumnae groups will 
be from Hollins College, Randolph-Macon Woman's 
College, Salem College, and Sweet Briar College. 
Itinerary: Norfolk, Virginia 

Port- Au Prince, Haiti 

Oranjestad, Aruba 

La Guaira (for Caracas, Venezuela) 

St. George's, Grenada 

Pointe-A-Pitre, Guadeloupe 

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas 

Norfolk, Virginia 
Roanoke/Norfolk bus and hotel package available. 
Valet parking at the pier. Private cocktail party at sea. 
Ship departs from New York on January 3, returns on 
January 17. 

S.S. Rotterdam Rates and Accommodations Per Person 

• Outside Rooms- 
Cabin Deluxe $1740.00 

• Outside Rooms — 

One Room Suites $1580.00 

• Outside Rooms with 

two lower beds $1095.00-$ 1 525.00 

• Inside Rooms with 

two lower beds $ 920.00-$ 1 3 1 0.00 

• Outside Rooms with 

bed and upper berth $ 1030.00-$ 1 175.00 

• Inside Rooms with 

one bed and upper berth $ 7 15.00-$ 1020.00 



Single Rates on Request No Gratuities Required Port Taxes Per 
Person — $8.00 Deposit $100 per person — fully refundable 
until October 15, 1976. 

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1966 

SUZANNE NORFLEET Clark, Little Rock, Ark.: "We are busy 
managing our apartments and business, 'Clark Employment 
Agency'. Bill is mnning for Congress, a new and exciting experience 
for us. Suzanna, now three, is in nursery school and loves it." 

JUDY BARBEE Crothers, Rising Sun, Md.: "Jim and I have 
another son, Alex, bom in June, 1975. Taylor is now 4'/2. We took a 
trip to London and Amsterdam in October and just returned from a 
family vacation in Florida where Jim attended an insurance course." 

MARY CHENAULT Deaton, Raleigh, N.C.: "My husband, Doug, 
and I moved into our first house in March of last year. That was 
our big news and accomplishment for 75." 

ANN YINGLING Foubert, Delhi, NY.: "We were sorry to miss 
the reunion, but were vacationing in the Poconos with a group 
that Dave studied with in Denmark. I am the choir director of his 
church and have three handbell choirs -my joy! We travel around 
the country singing for and with many others. My two boys, 7 and 
5, also enjoy the music." 

ASHLIN SWETNAM Bray, Victoria, Texas: "We moved in 
February from Wilmington, Delaware, to Victoria, Texas Jim is 
with Dupont. We have three children: Emily, 5, Keith, 3, and Tyler, 
1." 

LYNN SMITH Barron, St. Matthews, S.C: "We moved to St. 
Matthews in May where Porter is farming with his brother. Our 
little boy, Porter, Jr., is 20 months old and a complete joy to us." 

ALICE LIPPITT Steyaarl, Richmond Hill, Ga.: "Jim and I have 
lived in 'the country' two years now and love it. We've had pets — 
dogs, racoons, ducks, chickens, squirrels, bees, and a beautiful 
vegetable garden the year 'round." 

SANDRA ZEESE Driscoll, Singapore: "My husband is a vice 
president of Irving Trust Company, a New York bank, and heads 
their branch in Singapore. We have two children. Kathryn was bom 
in Taipei and Michael was bom in Singapore." 

1967 

ANGELA BLOSE Corley, Hershey, Pa.: "We moved last June to 
Hershey when Bill became hospital director at Hershey Medical 
Center." 

NANCY FALKENBERG, Atlanta, Ga.: "I'm living in Atlanta- 
seeing much more of my family than when I lived in New York 
City. I will travel to Forest Hills for the 'Open' this fall or latter part 
of the summer," 

BARBARA HORNER, Boulder, Colo.: "1 am currently working in 
Boulder as head programmer for the National Hail Research 
Experiment at the National Center for Atmospheric Research." 

1968 

PATTY THOMAS Robinson, Ho Ho Kus, N.J.: "Harry has only 
one more year of orthopedic surgery residency (yea!) at Cornell. We 
have three daughters: Betsy, 3V2, Kathy, 2, and Christy, 7 months, 
who keep me hopping." 

From the parents of JEANNETTE NORFLEET we learn that she 
is now a graduate student at Ohio University studying speech and 
hearing difficulties and remedial reading. 

CATHERINE WALLEIGH Camevale, Silver Spring, Md : "In 
July, 1975, 1 began work in the Bureau of Veterinary Medicine, Food 
and Drug Administration. Quite an improvement over private 
practice! Rich is also in the B.V.M. We have one child, age two." 

JANE STARKE Sims, Adelphi, Md.: "Rob and 1 have just bought 
a home in Adelphi." 

ELIZABETH DONELSON Adler, Charlottesville, Va.: "I have 
two children: Alexander, 2 years, and Renee, 2 months. We are 
planning a six weeks visit to Winifried's family in Germany. 1 
finished my Ph.D. last year and am taking this year off." 

PATRICIA HEDDEN, Monroe, N.C.: "1 am teaching grades 10-12 
at Sun Valley High School. I sponsor the school newspaper among 
other activities." 

JENNIFER JAMES Hepler, Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.: "We spend 
most of our time chasing Brian (3) and Christopher (1) and sailing. 
Art is stationed at Eglin AFB, Florida." 

ANGIE PAINTER Hickox, Paradise Valley, Ariz.: "I was married 
to Barker Hickox on September 25, 1975."" 

CECELIA DAVIS Stevens, Dahlgren, Va.: "Our big news is that 
Meredith Mooers Stevens arrived on March 7. Heather Allison is 
four. Randy has been accepted for a fellowship in Endodontics 
(still with the Navy) in Norfolk beginning late this summer. He's 
the only dentist at the base in Dahlgren and we all love it. When we 
were in Rota, Spain, we chatted occasionally with my old room- 
mates, BARBARA PENICK Jimeniz (who lives in Madrid) and 
CAROLYN MURPHY '67 (she lives in Sevilla). Barbara's husband 
is an internist and they have two boys. Carolyn was working for 
photographer Robert Vavra, who did the pictures for Michener's 
Iberia. I also met ANNE BELLWOOD Kramer '58 whose husband is 



the weapons officer at Rota. Back in Virginia we ran into PEGGY 
WEAVER Manthei '67. Bob is a civilian on the base and they live 
close by in Colonial Beach " 

From Pennsylvania State University it has been learned that 
PAMELA WEV was awarded a Master of Regional Planning degree 
at the winter commencement exercises held March 20 at The Capitol 
Campus, Middletown, Pennsylvania. 

1969 

PATSY BINKLEY Haws, Huntsville, Ala.: "Frank and I are living 
in Huntsville where he is a neuro-surgeon. I keep busy with my 
needlepoint and gardening and tennis." 

SUZANNE HARTLEY Barker, Sacramento, Calif.: "Pat and 1 are 
living in northern California and are throughly enjoying the 
recreational opportunities — backpacking, skiing, and kayaking. I 
am the treatment coordinator at a psychiatric facility for emotionally 
disturbed children and Pat is a resident in internal medicine at the 
University of California, Davis." 

MARY JANE WIRTZ Winter, Richmond, Va., has been named by 
the faculty of Union Theological Seminary to receive a fellowship 
award which will enable her to complete a year of graduate study in 
a subject area and at an institution of her choice. 

MALOU THORN Rawls, New York, NY.: "Left Charlottesville 
last summer and moved to NYC. My husband, Waite, is with 
Chemical Bank and I work for an ad agency scheduling T.V. 
commercials nationally." 

SHERRI MILLER Stephenson, New York, NY.: "We still enjoy 
living in NYC. I sec members of the Class of 1969 frequently — 
PENNY ODOM Tliompson, JUDY GALLOWAY, and MALOU 
THORN Rawls." 

JOAN SKELTON Thomas, Dallas, Texas: "After six years as a 
high school social studies teacher, 1 am quitting to become the 
bookkeeper for my husband's free lance film business." 

1970 

LESLIE FREEMAN, Jacksonville, Fla.: "1 am still living in Jackson- 
ville and am working with delinquents as a counselor for vocational 
rehabilitation." 

PATRICIA LYON, Southfield, Mich.: "Transferring to Phoenix in 
the summer . . . going into computer sales with Honeywell." 

LFWY RAVENEL McGehee, New Orleans, La.: "We have a six- 
months-old baby girl named Lavinia Skinner and have just moved 
to New Orleans where Clay is working with a law firm." 

LOUISE PARMELEE Sylvester, Dallas, Pa.: "After four years in 
Vemiont, we have moved to Pennsylvania. We recently had a son, 
Nathan, and he is a real joy!'" 

KATHY CRAWFORD Arrowsmith, Bowling Green, Ohio: "Our 
son, Nathan Robert, will soon be a year old. We"re enjoying living in 
a house after being in the residence hall for two years."' 

MARGARET FL\WKINS Oosteiman, Pittsburgh, Pa.: "The 
Navy keeps us on the move — we're going to San Francisco, 
Califomia, for a year in July. Daughter, Beth, is an atom-powered 
14-months-old." 

MARTHA BOOTH Jennison, Jacksonville, Fla.: "I recently 
married (November 29) John Charles Jennison, III, and moved to 
Jacksonville. Jay graduated from U. Va. and Stetson Law School in 
St. Petersburg, Florida, and is practicing law here in Jacksonville."" 

LYNN DES PREZ Wynkoop, King of Prussia, Pa.: ""Gary and 1 
are well and happy. Our new house is fun. I started in December in 
a medical specialty board position which offers me some adminis- 
tration experience and travel."' 

ZOE ANN KERBEY Holmes, El Paso, Texas: "Mary-Celeste is 
four now. I expect to receive my master's this summer from the 
University of "Texas. Ed will be in the Army until October. After that 
our future is somewhat uncertain." 

GINKY McLaughlin Myers, Lynchburg, Va.: "We have 
another little girl, Mary Milner. Ham is Wi and Lee is IVi. We are 
so very thankful for them — and ALL the blessings God has given 
us!" 

LISA ROWLAND Chapman, Little Rock, Ark.: "Dick and I are 
renovating our third house — a hobby of ours. Dick is a commercial 
developer and 1 am playing lots of tennis. Saw MARTHA BOOTH 
Jennison and KATHERINE DOWNIE '71 in March " 

JULIE MAYS Pedrotti, Colorado Springs, Col.: "Paul and I will 
move this summer to New York where he'll be an operations 
manager with Citibank and 1 will be a student in the M.B.A. 
program at Columbia University." 

1971 

BROOKE HUME, Nashville, Tenn.: "After graduate school at 
Emory University and working for two years in Atlanta as a 
paralegal, 1 entered Vanderbilt Law School this past fall. 1 am looking 
forward to clerking in Atlanta this summer for Long and Aldridge." 

NANCY MATTHEWS Shankman, Pulaski, Va.: "After four years 



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1 to r: Arm Sims Smith, '45, and Mrs. Thomas G. Bell, of 
Staunton, greet the new president of the college. Dr. Virginia 
L. Lester, at a reception in her honor for alunmae and parents 
of the Staunton -Augusta County area. 

of teaching, I'm enjoying staying at home with our 8-month-old 
daughter, Brenna Ross. Byron has found general law practice in a 
small town to be satisfying and people here are very friendly." 

JANE SHORTELL Nelson, Hockessin, Del.: "I am still working at 
Artisans Savings Bank in Wilmington." 

SHIRLEY (Cricket) FREY Morris, Richmond, Va.: "For seven 
weeks this past fall John and I traveled through Britain and Europe 
at our own pace via rail pass and rented car. By the time we reached 
Vienna, 1 was speaking German with confidence. From November 
to February we lived in Indianapolis, Indiiina, while John fulfilled 
a three-month commitment with the Army." 

SUSAN STUART Blair, Waitsfield, Vt.: "Bob and 1 have lived in 
Waitsfield for three years now. He is vice president of a local 
contracting company. 1 sold my tourist-oriented business last 
spring with the arrival of our first child, a girl, Frazier." 

EMILY PAINE Brady, Lexington, Mass.: "Reading Anais Nin — 
working for Udall et al — maintaining Erik Paine and wee Caroline 
Alice." 

MARSHA SPEARS Shepler, Charleston, W. Va.: "I'm acting 
director of the Social Services Department at Charleston Memorial 
Hospital. My husband is now practicing law in a 13-member law 
firm. We recently spent a week in Canada skiing." 

ELIZABETH FORE, Richmond, Va.: "I am still employed as a 
caseworker with foster children. Am also working on a M.S.W. 
fromV.C.U." 

CLAUDL\ WITHERS Fahmer, Huntsville, Ala : "Don and 1 have 
recently ended three beautiful years in Europe and are settling in 
Huntsville as 'bureaucrats' for the federal government." 

SUSAN EILEEN RICHARDSON, Winston-Salem, N.C.: "Just 
returned from seven months in Europe. Studied three months in 
Paris at the Cordon Bleu Cooking School. Traveled in Scandinavia 
and Russia." 

LYNDY SEAMAN Whipp, Reston, Va.: "Daughter, Elizabeth 
Warner, bom on Valentine's Day this year; son, James Verne, FV, is 
21 months old. Jim is branch manager of the mortgage banking 
subsidiary of the Rouse Company in Alexandria and is finishing 
his M.B.A. at American University." 

NANCY WINTERS Moore, Altamonte Springs Fla.: "Joe and I 
have moved to the Orlando area and have purchased ten acres on 
which we intend to start a nursery. I'm still working hard for the 
I.R.S." 

1972 

SARA LEE ALLEN Moody, Charlottesville, Va.: "I was married 
in May, 1975. My husband is a resident in urology at U. Va. 
Hospital." 

BECKY HOLCOMB Dickinson, Fredericksburg, Va : Tm 
teaching math in a junior high school outside of Fredericksburg." 

PENNY POWERS Pattee, Austin, Texas: "In June my husband 
and I moved into the home that had been my grandparents' home. 
It is in the country south of Austin. I will be teaching math and my 
husband will be teaching Industrial Arts." 

SALLY VIA Matthews, Austin, Texas: "I'm working for the U. S. 
Treasury Department as a national bank examiner. Larkin works 
for the Texas Employment Commission while completing a paper 
for his M.B.A." 

JOANNE JONES, Dimbokro, Ivory Coast, West Africa: "I am 
presently finishing my second year of my services as an English 
teacher." 

VIRGINIA MASTERS Fleishman, Lexington, Ky.: "Henry is in 
his surgery residency here at the University of Kentucky Medical 
Center. I have enjoyed being at home with our daughter, Leonie, 
but plan to return to work part-time as a medical technologist this 
suinmer." 



PRISaLLA COPPOCK Hanger, Staunton, Va.: "My husband, Jim, 
and I want to announce the birth of our daughter, Kate Coppock, 
on September 9, 1975."' 

1973 

JOANIE KIRBY Brawley, Charlottesville, Va.: "Dickie and I are 
on the verge of leaving Phoenix, Arizona, where he's been 
finishing up a master's of International Business. I've been working 
in a 17-acre plant nursery. We're going back to Charlottesville where 
Dickie will be looking for a job and I'll be getting the desert out of 
my shoes!" 

BARBARA PHILLIPS Truta, Christiansburg, Va.: "We have 
recently been transferred here from Cleveland, Ohio. 1 work for the 
Bank of Christiansburg and Mike works for White Motor Corp."" 

CAROL JACKSON, Rockville, Md.: ""I am now a licensed 
insurance agent working in Chevy Chase. I am taking insurance 
classes at night and working toward a C.P.C.V. designation."" 

MARY HOTCHKISS, Chariottesville, Va.: "I am completing a 
master"s in Religious Studies at U. Va. and coaching U. Va."s 
women's tennis team." 

JULIE CLARK Reedy, Cambridge, Mass.: "I finished my master's 
in Political Science at Texas A&M. Frank and I are at Massachusetts 
Institute of Technology where he is doing some more graduate 
work."" 

SHARON CALLIHAM Tinunerman, Myrtle Beach, S.C: "Planned 
a trip to Hawaii in April for a week; Dick is enjoying his work with 
the city recreation department."" Chris, ll'2, is growing up. 

PEGGY PARTRIDGE Rogers, Tucson, Ariz.: "My husband and 
I have been living in Tucson for the last two years. I recently 
completed my master"s degree in Latin American Studies at the 
University of Arizona."" 

ELYSA MADDOX Montgomery, Richmond, Va.: '"I'm doing 
transplant research at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond 
and love it! Jim just finished his second year of seminary."" 

SALLIE BRUSH Thalhimer, Richmond, Va.: "We have a new 
baby girl, Elizabeth!"" 

1974 

LOSSIE NOELL Wilkinson, Charlottesville, Va.: ""Have enjoyed 
living in a house the past year, but not the necessary cleaning. I 
prefer to keep busy with tennis games and volunteer work."" 

KATE BEAMAN Fruechtenicht, Jackson, Mich.: "I am the wife of 
Hans Fniechtenicht, mother of Eleanor, and busy here at Stone 
Village Art Center, weaving, sewing, cooking, and baking. Traveled 
across Africa in "73, met Hans in Germany and came to America in 
'75. We plan to restore a Victorian house soon. Hans is manager of 
the Jackson Symphony and Eleanor is walking now — she is ten 
months old."' 

HELEN RADCLIFFE Gregory, Falls Church, Va.: "Ted and I are 
living in Falls Church now. I am working as the assistant business 
manager for a non-profit organization. Speech Communication 
Association, and Ted is a staff accountant with Arthur Andersen and 
Company in Washington.'" 

SUSAN ENGLANDER Fraile, Groton, Conn.: ""We moved to 
Groton last June and I am working in a local bank until a teaching 
or library job becomes available. Bob is serving on the submarine 
VSS WUI Rogers." 

ANN FULTON SKINNER Homsby, Toano, Va.: "My husband is 
working in a real estate development firm, in Williamsburg. We 
finally completed refinishing an old farmhouse about 13 miles west 
of Williamsburg. We took a six week motor trip last fall to California 
and stayed with SUSAN WILKERSON Davies, "75 in Texarkana, 
Arkansas, on the return to Virginia. We also saw ELIZABETH 
BALDWIN Simons on a recent weekend trip to Greenwich, 
Connecticut."' 

PIPER STRANG Preston, Jefferson City, Mo.: "I have been 
very busy with various volunteer activities. Tm secretary of the 
Board of Directors of the East Central Division (an 11 county area) 
of the Missouri Association for Social Welfare which is a non-profit 
citizen group which is devoted to improving living conditions in 
Missouri. We deal with such projects as prison reform, child abuse, 
volunteers against hunger, income maintenance, and health. My 
major interest lies in the health area. I also work on Mondays and 
Fridays at the Episcopal Church Re-Sell-It Shop. 

My husband. Hap, is a Health Planning Specialist for the State 
Health Planning and Development Agency. We enjoy living in 
Jefferson City with all the activities going on at the State Capitol.'" 

VALERIE LUND, Williamsburg, Va., was a graduate assistant in 
history at the College of William and Mary after serving a year as an 
admissions counselor at MBC. In September she will go to Scripps 
College in the women"s colleges" administrative intern program. 

SALLY DILLARD, Staunton, Va.: Sally has been promoted to 
Assistant Director of Admissions at Mary Baldwin College. 

KATE MALLONEE, Richmond, Va., has been appointed 
membership director of the Brandermill Country Club. 



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1975 

From the mother of STONE MEEKER, Indianapohs, Ind., we 
learn that Stone has received her A.B. from Lake Forest College, Lake 
Forest, Illinois. She took her junior year in Copenhagen, Denmark. 

ELLEN LUTZ, New Orleans, La.: "After attending paralegal school 
in Philadelphia, 1 am now working in New Orleans as a paralegal in 
the labor law department of Jones, Walker Law Firm." 

DOROTHY SUE HEBRANK, Greenville, S.C: "1 am assistant 
tennis pro at the Greenville Indoor Racquet Club." 

BILLIE RAMSEY, Newark, Del.: "1 graduated from the University 
of Delaware with a degree in sociology and hopefully will be 
starting law school in the fall." 

MARY KIRBY, Myerstown, Pa.: "I am presently living at home 
and enjoying work as a hostess in a lovely new restaurant." 

CHARLOTTE RAITHEL, Brussels, Belgium: "1 have been living 
in this delightful country since graduation. Am research assistant 
for book on aviation 1917-1919 and improving French. Am traveling 
the continent." 



Births 



Weddings 



FRANCES R. WISE '67 to Carl W. Orgell, March 21, 1976. 

ANGELINA PAINTER '68 to J. Barker Hickox, September 25, 1975. 

MARTHA BOOTH '70 to John Charles Jennison, 111, November 29, 1975. 

ELIZABETH JENNINGS 70 to Thomas Elwood Shupe, May 1, 1976. 

HOLLY MERKEL 71 to Robert Barry Daane, May 1, 1976. 

SARA LEE ALLEN 72 to Thomas E. Moody, May, 1975. 

ROSELLEN VIA '72 to Larkin Matthews, November 1, 1975. 

REBECCA HOLCOMB '72 to George Forrest Dickinson, Jr., 
October 25, 1975. 

PATRICIA LACY '74 to Alden K. Gray, Jr., May 8, 1976. 

DONNA LYNN THOMPSON '75 to William Robert Howell, May, 
1976. 



Attention: Mary Baldwin Artists 

Emily W. Kelly, chairman of the cookbook com- 
mittee, has announced that the committee is interested 
in using art work by an alumna for illustrations. The 
artist will be chosen on the basis of a sample cover 
illustration. If you would like to submit a cover design 
for consideration, please write the Alumnae Office for 
a statement of specifications. Designs must be 
submitted by November 15, 1976. 



DATES TO REMEMBER 

October 10-11, 1976 

Alumnae Board of Directors Meeting 
and Alumnae Council 

April 22-23, 1977 

Inauguration of Dr. Virginia L. Lester 
Saturday, April 23 

Honiecoming for all aliminae 
and reunions for the classes of: 



1927 


1932 


1937 


1942 


1947 


1952 


1957 


1962 


1967 



To SUSAN SCHEEL Lyttle '65 and Don, a son, Matthew Craig, 
March 14, 1976. 

To NANCY BROCKENBROUGH Foulks '66 and Gary, a 
daughter, Beverley Neal, February 3, 1976. 

To ELLEN RYAN Pearson '67 and John, a son, John Edward, 
February 29, 1976. 

To ANGELA BLOSE Corley '67 and Bill, a son, Matthew Robert, 
lanuary 11, 1976, 

To BARBARA CRAFT Hemphill '68 and John, a son, James 
Daniel, February 4, 1976. 

lo NANCY PEYTON Gresham '68 and Thomas, a son, Thomas 
Marshall, January 29, 1976. 

To LOUISE PARMELEE Sylvester '70 and Gerard, a son, Nathan 
Parmelee, January 21, 1976. 

To SUSAN HELTZEL Estes '70 and Earl, a daughter, Jennifer 
Lynn, January 11, 1976. 

To ZOE ANN KERBEY Holmes '70 and Edward, a daughter, 
Elizabeth Kerbey, April 30, 1976. 

To ANNE VOGTLE Baldwin '72 and Bryan, a son, Christopher 
Bryan, January 19, 1976. 

To JANET LYNN ROTH Bruno '72 Henry, a son, Anthony 
Michael, January 17, 1976. 



In Memoriam 



1972 



1976 



BETTY MILLER Wheat 04, May 9, 1976. 
NINA CROCKER Haynes 15, May 10, 1976. 
AUGUSTA MOLLOY Huggins '15, November 3, 1975. 
ELSIE CURTIS Nehns '17, June, 1976. 
HONORA WOOD Schlegel '21, January 13, 1976. 
LUCILLE WACHTER Falconer '37, March 26, 1976. 
ELLEN JONES McClellan '37, March 6, 1976. 



Class Notes Policy 

For the past two years all available class news has 
been printed in each issue of the magazine. This policy 
makes Class Notes fresher and more timely, especially 
now that we publish three magazines a year— in 
November, March, and July. But, the flow of alumnae 
news depends on you to take the initiative and we 
are asking you to keep the Alumnae Office posted 
about your activities. 

The deadline for the November issue is October 31 — 
just a post card with your news is enough. Write 
today, especially if you have not been mentioned in 
the Class Notes section for two or more years. Your 
classmates are waiting to hear about you! 



MBC Cookbook— On the Front Burner 

Plans are proceeding on schedule for the publication 
of a cookbook by the Mary Baldwin Alumnae 
Association. Many recent alumnae gatherings have 
have centered aroimd the collection of recipes and 
interest has been generated by the forthcoming book. 
Recipe collecting and testing is to be completed by 
September 30, 1976. 

If you have not been contacted, but would like to 
donate a recipe, please call (703/885-0811) or write the 
Alumnae Office right away in order for us to make our 
collection and testing deadline. 



GIFTS TO ORDER FROM THE 
ALUMNAE OFFICE 





MARY BALDWIN CHAIRS 

The Captain's Chair $72.00 plus tax 

The Boston Rocker $65.00 plus tax 

Satin lacquer black finish with silk-screened seal 
in gold. 

Shipped freight collect from Boone, North Carolina. 



MARY BALDWIN NEEDLEPOINT KITS 

The Mary Baldwin seal is now available marked in 
color on a canvas 15" by 15". Persian yam is provided 
for working the design and all is packaged in a plastic 
case. $25.00 plus tax 
(Shipping cost included.) 





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Nominations for the 
Administrative Intern Program 

Any graduate of Mary Baldwin College, or 
member of the faculty or staff, who has 
been out of college at least three years, is 
eligible to apply for a one-year internship in 
the Carnegie Corporation's Administrative 
Intern Program in Higher Education. Please 
write the President's office or call the college 
(703 885-0811) for further details. 



It is the policy of Mary Baldwin College not to 
discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational 
programs, activities, or employment policies as 
required by Title IX of the 1972 education amendments. 
Inquiries regarding compliance with Title IX may be 
directed to Dean Dorothy M. Mulberry, Mary Baldwin 
College, telephone 885-0811, or to the Director of the 
Office for Civil Rights, Department of Health, Educa- 
tion and Welfare, Washington, D. C. 

Mary Baldwin College is a private, non-sectarian 
college primarily for women. Local day students, both 
men and women, are admitted without discrimination 
on the basis of sex. In addition, Mary Baldwin College 
adheres to a policy of non-discrimination on the basis 
of race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin in respect 
to the educational program, activities, employment 
policies, and admission. 



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